Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 872–878 | Cite as

Adaptive cytoprotection in cultured rat gastric mucus-producing cells role of mucus and prostaglandin synthesis

  • Hiroyuki Mutoh
  • Shinichi Ota
  • Hideyuki Hiraishi
  • Kevin J. Ivey
  • Akira Terano
  • Tsuneaki Sugimoto
Esophageal, Gastric, And Duodenal Disorders


In cultured gastric mucosal cells, we investigated whether: (1) adaptive cytoprotection was associated with stimulation of endogenous prostaglandin synthesis; (2) prostaglandins given exogenously were cytoprotective against ethanol-induced gastric mucosal cell damage; and (3) a relationship existed between cytoprotection and mucus release. Cytolysis was quantified by measuring51Cr release from prelabeled cells. Mucus release was determined by measurement of [3H]glucosamine release. Concentrations of ethanol >12% caused cell damage and increased51Cr release dose dependently. Pretreatment with low concentrations of ethanol (0.5–1.5%) decreased ethanol-induced51Cr release, but also decreased prostaglandin E2 synthesis. Prostaglandin E2 and 16,16-dimethyl prostaglandin E2 given exogenously were cytoprotective against ethanol-induced gastric mucosal cell damage. Treatment with low concentrations of ethanol (1.5%) increased mucus release from cultured gastric mucosal cells. However, prostaglandin E2 and 16,16-dimethyl prostaglandin E2 did not affect mucus release. We conclude that in cultured gastric mucus-producing cells: (1) adaptive cytoprotection occurs without stimulation of endogenous prostaglandin synthesis but with increase in mucus release; and (2) exogenous prostaglandins are cytoprotective against ethanol-induced gastric mucosal cell damage without stimulating mucus releasein vitro. We postulate that adaptive cytoprotection in cultured gastric mucus-producing cells is not mediated by prostaglandin, but by mucus released in response to a mild irritant.

Key words

ethanol-induced gastric damage mucus prostaglandin adaptive cytoprotection 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroyuki Mutoh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shinichi Ota
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hideyuki Hiraishi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kevin J. Ivey
    • 1
    • 2
  • Akira Terano
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tsuneaki Sugimoto
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Second Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center, Long BeachUniversity of CaliforniaIrvine

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