Inhibition of sham feeding-stimulated acid secretion in dogs by immuneneutralization of gastrin

T. O G Kovacs, Kevin C K Lloyd, D. C. Lawson, T. N. Pappas, J. H. Walsh

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A monoclonal antibody to gastrin was used to study the role of circulating gastrin in mediating acid secretion stimulated by sham feeding in dogs. On separate days, four conscious, fasted, adult mongrel dogs with esophageal and gastric fistulae were pretreated intravenously with either 7 mg of gastrin monoclonal antibody (MAb 28.2), 7 mg of keyhole limpet hemocyanin monoclonal antibody as control, or 12.5 μg/kg atropine sulfate. Thirty minutes later, acid secretion was stimulated first by sham feeding for 5 min, then, 60 min later, by an intravenous infusion of a maximum stimulatory dose of histamine (40 μg/kg) for 60 min, and after returning to basal, by intravenous infusion of a submaximal stimulatory dose of gastrin (200 pmol·kg-1·h-1) for 60 min. Acid output from secretions collected every 15 min by gravity drainage was determined by titration to pH 7.0 with 0.2 N NaOH. Sham feeding-stimulated acid output (17.7 ± 5.5 mmol/h) was significantly inhibited by administration of either MAb 28.2 (0 mmol/h) or atropine (1.7 ± 1.1 mmol/h). Histamine-stimulated acid output (19.6 ± 3.4 mmol/h) was not reduced by either pretreatment. Gastrin-stimulated acid output (3.9 ± 0.6 mmol/h) was significantly reduced only by pretreatment with MAb 28.2 (0.1 ± 0.1 mmol/h) and not by atropine (2.2 ± 1.4 mmol/h). A background intravenous infusion of pentagastrin (0.5 μg·kg-1·h-1) restored sham feeding-stimulated acid output blocked by administration of MAb 28.2, although the intrinsic acid response to sham feeding could not be seen with the background pentagastrin infusion. Furthermore, the plasma gastrin response to sham feeding was not blocked by atropine pretreatment. Because immunoneutralization of both gastrin and cholinergic blockade significantly inhibited acid output during sham feeding, circulating gastrin and cholinergic pathways are involved in mediating the cephalic phase of gastric acid secretion in dogs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Issue number2 36-2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Cephalic phase
  • Gastric acid secretion
  • Mono-clonal antibody
  • Stomach
  • Vagus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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