Author(s): Tanaka A, Kunikata T, Mizoguchi H, Kato S, Takeuchi K
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Abstract We investigated the pathogenic role of nitric oxide (NO) in indomethacin-induced intestinal ulceration in rats. Nonfasting animals responded to a single administration of indomethacin (10 mg/kg, s.c.), resulting in multiple hemorrhagic lesions in the small intestine, mostly the jejunum and ileum. The damage was first observed 6 hr after indomethacin, the severity increasing progressively with time up to 24 hr later, accompanied with the gene expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and the increase of nitrite and nitrate (NOx) contents in the mucosa. The ocurrence of damage was significantly prevented when iNOS induction was inhibited by dexamethasone given either once 0.5 hr before or twice 0.5 hr before and 6 hr after indomethacin. Likewise, aminoguanidine (a relatively selective iNOS inhibitor) reduced the severity of damage, irrespective whether given twice or as a single injection 6 hr after indomethacin. By contrast, the non-selective NOS inhibitor N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) exhibited a biphasic effect, depending on the time of administration; the pre-administration worsened the damage, while the later administration reduced the severity of these lesions, yet both responses occureed in a L-arginine-sensitive manner. Pre-administration of L-NAME, but not aminoguanidine, significantly decreased NOx production in the intestinal mucosa of normal rats, while the increase of NOx production following indomethacin was significantly suppressed by the later administration of aminoguanidine as well as L-NAME. These results suggest that NO exerts a dual action in the pathogenesis of indomethacin-induced intestinal ulceration; NO generated by cNOS is protective against indomethacin, by maintaining the integrity of intestinal mucosa, while NO derived by iNOS plays a key pathogenic role in the ulcerogenic process.
This article was published in J Physiol Pharmacol
and referenced in Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta