Surgical intestinal manipulation increases gene expression of TrkA, CGRP, and PAR-2 IN dorsal root ganglia in the rat

S. Berdún, J. Rychter, P. Vergara

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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Background: Surgical handling of the bowel evokes degranulation of peritoneal mast cells (PMC). Nonetheless, role of PMCs in postoperative ileus (POI) is somewhat controversial. We aimed to investigate if intestinal manipulation elicits changes in afferent mediators related to MC activation and alteration of gastrointestinal (GI) motility. Methods: Postoperative ileus was induced by intestinal manipulation in Sprague-Dawley rats. Additionally, compound 48/80 (C48/80) and ketotifen were used to modulate MC activity. Rat mast cell protease 6 (RMCP-6, ELISA) release was determined in peritoneal lavage 20 min after intestinal manipulation. At 24 h, GI transit was determined. Gene expression of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2), nerve growth factor (NGF), and TrkA receptor was determined (PCR) in dorsal root ganglia (DRG). Ileal wall inflammation was assessed by myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, interleukin-6 expression (IL-6). Key Results: Intestinal manipulation and exposure to C48/80-induced degranulation of PMCs delayed GI transit and up-regulated IL-6 and MPO activity. Intestinal manipulation, but not C48/80, up-regulated CGRP, PAR-2, and NGF/TrkA in DRGs. Ketotifen only improved gastric emptying and fecal output. Up-regulation of CGRP and TrkA expression in DRG was not prevented by ketotifen. Conclusions & Inferences: Postoperative ileus is accompanied by activation of CGRP, NGF-TrkA, and PAR-2 in DRGs. Our results suggest that these mediators could be a target in further POI studies in order to find new therapeutic targets for this medical condition. Intestinal manipulation increased gene expression of mediators related to visceral sensitivity: CGRP, NGF/TrkA, and PAR-2. These mediators should be further explored to prevent postoperative ileus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816-826
JournalNeurogastroenterology and Motility
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Gastrointestinal motility
  • Mast cells
  • Postoperative ileus
  • Splanchnic neural pathways


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