Potential usefulness of methyl gallate in the treatment of experimental colitis
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Methyl gallate is a gallotannin widely distributed in nature. Previous studies have demonstrated its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-tumor activities. In the present study, the activity of methyl gallate on experimental models of inflammatory bowel disease has been investigated. Experimental colitis was induced in Sprague–Dawley rats through the intracolonic instillation of an acetic acid solution (2 mL, 4% v/v). Methyl gallate (100 and 300 mg/kg, p.o.) and the reference drug mesalazine (100 mg/kg, p.o.) were tested. Methyl gallate induced a significant reduction in the colon weight/length ratio and macroscopic lesion score. Besides, the malondialdehyde content and the GSSG/GSH ratio were remarkably decreased. Furthermore, the administration of methyl gallate reduced the expression of COX2, IL-6, TNFα and the severity of microscopic tissue damage induced by acetic acid, while the mean goblet cell density was significantly higher in both the group treated with methyl gallate and the one treated with mesalazine, in comparison with untreated animals. The Na+K+ATPase pump activity was recovered in treated groups (control: 827.2 ± 59.6, colitis: 311.6 ± 54.8, methyl gallate 100 mg/kg: 642.2 ± 175.0, methyl gallate 300 mg/kg: 809.7 ± 100.6, mesalazine: 525.3 ± 81.7). Methyl gallate was also found to induce a significant reduction in the castor oil-induced intestinal motility in Swiss mice, decreasing the peristalsis by 74.5 and 58.82% at 100 and 300 mg/kg p.o., respectively. This compound also antagonized the jejunum contractions induced by Ach and CaCl2. This study demonstrates that methyl gallate exerts beneficial effects in a preclinical model of intestinal disorders.
KeywordsMethyl gallate Experimental colitis Intestinal motility Antispasmodic effect
This work was supported by Grants from Universidad de Buenos Aires, UBACYT 20020130200265BA. We extend our thanks to Bárbara Piotrkowski PhD, Universidad de Buenos Aires, IBIMOL CONICET for her assistance for GSH/GSSG quantification.
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