Masumi Yoshida, Kazuhide Inaguma and Mikio Ito*
Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Meijo University, 150 Yagotoyama, Tenpaku-ku, Nagoya 468 - 8503, Japan
* To whom correspondence should be addressed.
Abstract: In the present study, we investigated the susceptibility to restraint plus water-immersion stress (RWIS) in rats with daunomycin-induced nephrosis in comparison to that in normal rats. The severity of RWIS-induced gastric lesions was significantly less in nephrotic rats on the 20th and 40th days after a single i.v. injection of daunomycin (12 mg/kg) than in the respective control rats. Acid secretion in pylorus-ligated rats significantly decreased under the 3-h stress. On the 20th day after treatment with daunomycin, acid secretion was significantly less in nephrotic rats than in control rats under both stress and unstressed conditions. Pretreatment of normal rats with methylene blue, a guanylate cyclase inhibitor, or phenylephrine, a vasoconstrictor, significantly prevented the stress-induced gastric lesions and decreased acid secretion. NÉ÷-Nitro-l-arginine methyl ester, a nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor, prevented the stress-induced gastric lesion formation only. These results indicate that nephrotic rats are more resistant to RWIS-induced gastric lesions than normal rats. In addition, these results suggest that the decrease in acid secretion related to the decrease in the release of NO from endothelial cells may contribute, at least in part, to the prevention of the stress-induced gastric lesion formation in nephrotic rats.
Keywords: Nephrosis, Stress, Gastroprotection, Gastric secretion