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Jpn J Pharmacol. 2002 Dec;90(4):313-20.

Effects of mosapride citrate, a 5-HT4 receptor agonist, on colonic motility in conscious guinea pigs.

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Department of Safety Pharmacology, Developmental Research Laboratories, Dainippon Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Suita, Osaka, Japan.


It is known that 5-HT(4) receptors in the colon of guinea pigs show a distribution similar to that in humans. Thus, we examined the effects of mosapride citrate (mosapride) and cisapride, two 5-HT(4)-receptor agonists, on colonic motility in conscious guinea pigs implanted with force transducers. Mosapride and cisapride administered intragastrically at doses of 3 - 30 mg/kg significantly enhanced the colonic motility. The enhancing effect of mosapride was antagonized by atropine or GR113808, a 5-HT(4)-receptor antagonist, but not by methysergide, a 5-HT(1)- and 5-HT(2)-receptor antagonist; ondansetron, a 5-HT(3)-receptor antagonist; or CP-99994, a tachykinin NK(1)-receptor antagonist. In vitro receptor autoradiography showed that mosapride and cisapride inhibit the specific binding of [(125)I]-SB207710, a selective radioligand of 5-HT(4) receptors, in the colon of guinea pigs. These results suggest that mosapride enhances colonic motility through the 5-HT(4)-receptor activation in guinea pigs and may be useful for treating constipation in patients with colonic motility dysfunction.

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