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Peptides. 1985 Jan-Feb;6(1):153-6.

Gastric erosions induced by intracisternal thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) in rats.


Intracisternal injection of TRH (1 microgram) under light ether anesthesia induced within 4 hr gastric lesions in 24-hr fasted rats maintained unrestrained at room temperature. Saline, ovine corticotropin-releasing factor (oCRF, 10 micrograms), or human pancreatic growth hormone-releasing factor [hpGRF(1-40), 10 micrograms] tested under the same conditions did not modify the integrity of the gastric mucosa. TRH injected intravenously (100 micrograms/kg) proved to be ineffective. The production of gastric erosions elicited by intracisternal TRH (0.1-1 microgram) or by a stabilized TRH analog, RX 77368 [pGlu-His-(3,3'-dimethyl)-ProNH2, (0.01-0.1 microgram)] was dose-dependent. RX 77368 shows an enhanced potency over TRH. TRH action on gastric mucosa was reversed by atropine, omeprazole and cimetidine. These results demonstrate that TRH, unlike the other hypothalamic releasing factors CRF or GRF, is able to act within the brain to cause the formation of gastric erosions probably through mechanisms involving changes in gastric acid secretion. Intracisternal injection of TRH or its potent analog RX 77368 appears also as a new, simple method to produce centrally mediated experimental gastric erosions in 24 hr-fasted rats.

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