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Type: Journal article
Title: GABABR expressed on vagal afferent neurones inhibit gastric mechanosensitivity in ferret proximal stomach
Author: Smid, S.
Young, R.
Isaacs, N.
Blackshaw, L.
Citation: American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 2001; 281(6):G1494-G1501
Publisher: American Physiological Society
Issue Date: 2001
ISSN: 0193-1857
1522-1547
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Scott D. Smid, Richard L. Young, Nicole J. Cooper, and L. Ashley Blackshaw
Abstract: GABAB-receptor (GABABR) agonists reduce transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation (TLESR) and reflux episodes through an action on vagal pathways. In this study, we determined whether GABABR are expressed on vagal afferent neurones and whether they modulate distension-evoked discharge of vagal afferents in the isolated stomach. Vagal mehanoreceptor activity was recorded following distensions of the isolated ferret proximal stomach before and after perfusion with the GABABR-selective agonists baclofen and 3-aminopropylphosphinic acid (3-APPiA). Retrograde labeling and immunohistochemistry were used to identify GABABR located on vagal afferent neurones in the nodose ganglia. Vagal afferent fibers responded to isovolumetric gastric distension with an increase in discharge. The GABAB-receptor agonists baclofen (5 × 10−5 M) and 3-APPiA (10−6 to 10−5 M) but not muscimol (GABAA-selective agonist: 1.3 × 10−5 M) significantly decreased afferent distension-response curves. The effect of baclofen (5 × 10−5 M) was reversed by the GABAB-receptor antagonist CGP 62349 (10−5 M). Over 93% of retrogradely labeled gastric vagal afferents in the nodose ganglia expressed immunoreactivity for the GABABR. GABABR expressed on vagal afferent fibers directly inhibit gastric mechanosensory activity. This is likely a contributing mechanism to the efficacy of GABAB-receptor agonists in reducing TLESR and reflux episodes in vivo.
Keywords: gastric mechanoreceptors; vagus nerve
Rights: Copyright © 2001 the American Physiological Society
RMID: 0020010743
DOI: 10.1152/ajpgi.2001.281.6.g1494
Published version: http://ajpgi.physiology.org/cgi/content/abstract/281/6/G1494
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