Effect of CCK pretreatment on the CCK sensitivity of rat polymodal gastric vagal afferent in vitro.
ABSTRACT To prevent the blood-borne interference and reflex actions via neighboring organs and the central nervous system, the study was conducted in an in vitro isolated stomach-gastric vagus nerve preparation obtained from overnight-fasted, urethan-anesthetized rats. Afferent unit action potentials were recorded from the gastric branch of the vagus nerve. The left gastric artery was catheterized for intra-arterial injection. In vitro we found that 1) 55/70 gastric vagal afferents (GVAs) were polymodal, responding to CCK-8 and mechanical stimuli, 13 were mechanoreceptive, and 2 were CCK-responsive; 2) sequential or randomized intra-arterial injections of CCK-8 (0.1-200 pmol) dose-dependently increased firing rate and reached the peak rate at 100 pmol; 3) the action was suppressed by CCK-A (Devazepide) but not by CCK-B (L-365,260) receptor antagonist; 4) neither antagonist blocked the mechanosensitivity of GVA fibers. These results are consistent with corresponding in vivo well-documented findings. Histological data indicate that the layered structure of the stomach wall was preserved in vitro for 6-8 h. Based on these results, it seems reasonable to use the in vitro preparation for conducting a study that is usually difficult to be performed in vivo. For instance, because there was no blood supply in vitro, the composition of the interstitial fluid, i.e., the ambient nerve terminals, can be better controlled and influenced by intra-arterial injection of a defined solution. Here we report that acutely changing the ambient CCK level by a conditioning stimulus (a preceding intra-arterial injection of increasing doses of CCK-8) reduced the CCK sensitivity of GVA terminals to a subsequent test stimulus (a constant dose of CCK-8 intra-arterial injection).
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ABSTRACT: Ghrelin is a peptide predominantly produced by the stomach. Ghrelin displays strong GH-releasing activity. This activity is mediated by the activation of the so-called GH secretagogue receptor type 1a. This receptor had been shown to be specific for a family of synthetic, peptidyl and nonpeptidyl GH secretagogues. Apart from a potent GH-releasing action, ghrelin has other activities including stimulation of lactotroph and corticotroph function, influence on the pituitary gonadal axis, stimulation of appetite, control of energy balance, influence on sleep and behavior, control of gastric motility and acid secretion, and influence on pancreatic exocrine and endocrine function as well as on glucose metabolism. Cardiovascular actions and modulation of proliferation of neoplastic cells, as well as of the immune system, are other actions of ghrelin. Therefore, we consider ghrelin a gastrointestinal peptide contributing to the regulation of diverse functions of the gut-brain axis. So, there is indeed a possibility that ghrelin analogs, acting as either agonists or antagonists, might have clinical impact.Endocrine Reviews 07/2004; 25(3):426-57. · 19.93 Impact Factor