RGD Reference Report - Ghrelin augments afferent response to distension in rat isolated jejunum. - Rat Genome Database

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Ghrelin augments afferent response to distension in rat isolated jejunum.

Authors: Murray, CD  Booth, CE  Bulmer, DC  Kamm, MA  Emmanuel, AV  Winchester, WJ 
Citation: Murray CD, etal., Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2006 Dec;18(12):1112-20.
RGD ID: 1624382
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:17109695
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2982.2006.00848.x

Ghrelin has been shown to decrease firing of gastric vagal afferents at doses comparable with circulating levels in the fasted state. This raises the possibility that ghrelin may have a hormonal action on other vagal afferent populations. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of ghrelin on jejunal afferent activity; including responses to distension, 2-methyl-5-hydroxytryptamine (2-methyl-5-HT) and cholecystokinin (CCK) in both naive and vagotomized rats. Ghrelin significantly augmented the afferent response to distension. No effect was observed on baseline afferent discharge, or the response to 2-methyl-5-HT and CCK. The effect of ghrelin was more pronounced at lower ramp distending pressures (0-30 mmHg). Similarly, ghrelin augmented the jejunal afferent responses to phasic distension at 10-30 mmHg, but had no effect at higher pressures. Chronic subdiaphragmatic vagotomy and administration of the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R) antagonist [D-Lys3]-GHRP-6 prevented the augmentation of the afferent responses to distension indicating ghrelin is acting through the GHS-R on vagal afferent fibres. Ghrelin augments the mechanosensation of jejunal vagal afferents and hence may lead to increased perception of hunger contractions.



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Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Ghrl  (ghrelin and obestatin prepropeptide)
Ghsr  (growth hormone secretagogue receptor)


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