[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Relaxation of gastric clasp and sling muscle fibers is involved the transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations underlying the pathophysiology of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These fibers do not contribute tone to the high-pressure zone in GERD patients, indicating their role in pathophysiology. This study identifies some mediators of the nicotine-induced relaxation of muscarinic receptor precontracted gastric clasp and sling fibers. Muscle strips from organ donors precontracted with bethanechol were relaxed with nicotine and then rechallenged after washing and adding inhibitors tetrodotoxin (TTX), the nitric-oxide synthase inhibitor L-nitro-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), the β-adrenoceptor antagonist propranolol, the glycine receptor antagonist strychnine or ginkgolide B, and the GABA(A) receptor antagonist bicuculline or 2-(3-carboxypropyl)-3-amino-6-(4 methoxyphenyl)pyridazinium bromide [(gabazine) SR95531]. TTX only inhibited clasp fiber relaxations. L-NAME and propranolol inhibited, and ginkgolide B was ineffective in both. SR95531 was ineffective in clasp fibers and partially effective in sling fibers. Strychnine and bicuculline prevented relaxations with low potency, indicating actions not on glycine or GABA(A) receptors but more consistent with nicotinic receptor blockade. Bethanechol-precontracted fibers were relaxed by the nitric oxide donor S-nitroso-N-acetyl-DL-penicillamine and by the β-adrenergic agonist isoproterenol (clasp fibers only) but not by the glycine receptor agonist taurine or glycine or the GABA(A) agonist muscimol. These data indicate that nicotinic receptor activation mediates relaxation via release of nitric oxide in clasp and sling fibers, norepinephrine acting on β-adrenoceptors in clasp fibers, and GABA acting on GABA(A) receptors in sling fibers. Agents that selectively prevent these relaxations may be useful in the treatment of GERD.
Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 04/2011; 338(1):37-46. · 3.89 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To compare the gastroesophageal junction of the human with the pig, M(2) and M(3) receptor densities and the potencies of M(2) and M(3) muscarinic receptor subtype selective antagonists were determined in gastric clasp and sling smooth muscle fibers. Total muscarinic and M(2) receptors are higher in pig than human clasp and sling fibers. M(3) receptors are higher in human compared with pig sling fibers but lower in human compared with pig clasp fibers. Clasp fibers have fewer M(3) receptors than sling fibers in both humans and pigs. Similar to human clasp fibers, pig clasp fibers contract significantly less than pig sling fibers. Analysis of the methoctramine Schild plot suggests that M(2) receptors are involved in mediating contraction in pig clasp and sling fibers. Darifenacin potency suggests that M(3) receptors mediate contraction in pig sling fibers and that M(2) and M(3) receptors mediate contraction in pig clasp fibers. Taken together, the data suggest that both M(2) and M(3) muscarinic receptors mediate the contraction in both pig clasp and sling fibers similar to human clasp and sling fibers.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: There is no simple method to measure intravariceal pressure in patients with esophageal varices.
Our purpose was to develop a new noninvasive technique to measure resting intravariceal pressure and wall tension.
A model was developed. A long balloon (varix) was fitted inside an airtight cylinder (esophagus). Fluid ran through the model varices to maintain 5 different constant pressures. An endoscope was placed in the model esophagus, and pressure was increased by air insufflation. The endoscopy and pressure readings from the esophagus and varix were recorded continuously until variceal collapse.
Patient studies were done in an endoscopy suite with the patient under fentanyl and midazolam sedation.
Esophageal pressure was measured during air insufflation in patients with varices until the varices collapsed. EUS was used to measure radius and wall thickness to calculate wall tension.
In the varix model, the mean (SD) intraluminal esophageal pressures at variceal flattening for the model varices at 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 mm Hg were 5.69 (0.34), 11 (0.32), 15.72 (0.51), 21.55 (0.63), and 25.8 (0.14) mm Hg. The correlation between actual and measured variceal pressure in the model at variceal flattening was r = 0.98. In the patients, a total of 10 varices in 3 patients were evaluated. The mean (SD) for the varices in each subject was 12.16 (2.4), 23.2 (1.3), and 6.5 (2.2) mm Hg for subjects 1, 2, and 3, respectively.
Standard endoscopy with air insufflation and manometry can be used as an accurate, simple, and reproducible method to measure intravariceal pressure.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although muscarinic receptors are known to mediate tonic contraction of human gastrointestinal tract smooth muscle, the receptor subtypes that mediate the tonic contractions are not entirely clear. Whole human stomachs with attached esophagus were procured from organ transplant donors. Cholinergic contractile responses of clasp, sling, lower esophageal circular (LEC), midesophageal circular (MEC), and midesophageal longitudinal (MEL) muscle strips were determined. Sling fibers contracted greater than the other fibers. Total, M(2) and M(3) muscarinic receptor density was determined for each of these dissections by immunoprecipitation. M(2) receptor density is greatest in the sling fibers, followed by clasp, LEC, MEC, and then MEL, whereas M(3) density is greatest in LEC, followed by MEL, MEC, sling, and then clasp. The potency of subtype-selective antagonists to inhibit bethanechol-induced contraction was calculated by Schild analysis to determine which muscarinic receptor subtypes contribute to contraction. The results suggest both M(2) and M(3) receptors mediate contraction in clasp and sling fibers. Thus, this type of analysis in which multiple receptors mediate the contractile response is inappropriate, and an analysis method relating dual occupation of M(2) and M(3) receptors to contraction is presented. Using this new method of analysis, it was found that the M(2) muscarinic receptor plays a greater role in mediating contraction of clasp and sling fibers than in LEC, MEC, and MEL muscles in which the M(3) receptor predominantly mediates contraction.
Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 02/2009; 329(1):218-24. · 3.89 Impact Factor