Attenuation of acid induced oesophagitis in VR-1 deficient mice.

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Activation of the vanilloid receptor subtype 1 (VR-1) results in release of proinflammatory peptides which initiate an inflammatory cascade known as neurogenic inflammation. We investigated its role in an acute model of surgically induced oesophagitis. METHODS: Oesophagitis was induced by pyloric ligation in wild-type and VR-1 deficient mice. A subset of animals were administered the VR-1 antagonist capsazepine, famotidine, or omeprazole one hour before surgery. Five hours after surgery, myeloperoxidase activity (MPO), histological damage scores, intragastric pH, and immunocytochemical analysis of substance P (SP) receptor endocytosis were determined. RESULTS: Oesophagitis induced knockout mice exhibited significantly lower levels of MPO activity, histological damage scores, and SP receptor endocytosis than wild-type mice. Inflammatory parameters were significantly reduced by acid inhibition and capsazepine in wild-type mice. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that acute acid induced oesophagitis is reduced in animals lacking VR-1. This suggests that acid induced oesophagitis may act through VR-1 and that inhibition of the receptor may reduce inflammation.

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Cited Authors

  • Fujino, K; de la Fuente, SG; Takami, Y; Takahashi, T; Mantyh, CR

Published Date

  • January 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 34 - 40

PubMed ID

  • 16091555

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1856385

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0017-5749

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/gut.2005.066795


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England