Role of capsaicin-sensitive primary afferent neurons and non-protein sulphydryl groups on gastroprotective effect of amifostine against ethanol-induced gastric damage in rats

February 2011
Digestive Diseases & Sciences;Feb2011, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p314
Academic Journal
journal article
Background: Amifostine has been widely tested as a cytoprotective agent against a number of aggressors in different organs. Recently, a gastroprotective effect was observed for this drug in a model of indomethacin-induced gastric injury. Our objective was to investigate the effect of amifostine on ethanol-induced gastric injury and the role played in this mechanism by afferent sensory neurons, non-protein sulfhydryl groups, nitric oxide, ATP-sensitive potassium channels, and cyclooxygenase-2.Methods: Rats were treated with amifostine (22.5, 45, 90, or 180 mg/kg, PO or SC). After 30 min, the rats received absolute ethanol (5 ml kg(-1), PO). One hour later, gastric damage was quantified with a planimeter. Samples from the stomach were also taken for histopathological assessment and for assays of non-protein sulfhydryl groups. The other groups were pretreated with L-NAME (10 mg kg(-1), IP), glibenclamide (10 mg kg(-1), PO), or celecoxib (10 mg kg(-1), PO). After 30 min, the animals were given amifostine (90 mg kg(-1), PO or SC), followed 30 min later by gavage with absolute ethanol (5 ml kg(-1)). Other rats were desensitized with capsaicin (125 mg kg(-1), SC) 8 days prior to amifostine treatment.Results: Amifostine administration PO and SC significantly and dose-dependently reduced ethanol-induced macroscopic and microscopic gastric damage by restoring glutathione levels in the stomach mucosa. Amifostine-promoted gastroprotection against ethanol-induced stomach injury was reversed by pretreatment with neurotoxic doses of capsaicin, but not by L-NAME, glibenclamide, or celecoxib.Conclusions: Amifostine protects against ethanol-induced gastric injury by increasing glutathione levels and stimulating the afferent sensory neurons in the stomach.


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