Substance P regulates migration in rat intestinal epithelial cells

Douglas J. Turner, Paul C. Martin, Jaladanki N. Rao, Jose Greenspon, Tongtong Zou, Barbara L. Bass, Jian Ying Wang, Eric D. Strauch

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OBJECTIVE: The current study examined the effect of substance P (SP) upon intestinal epithelial cells and the mechanistic details of this interaction. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Intestinal epithelial cells must be capable of migration to reseal mucosal wounds for several vital intestinal functions. This process is incompletely understood; however, recent evidence implicates the neurotransmitter SP in this process. METHODS: Normal rat intestinal epithelial cells (IEC-6 cells) were studied to identify the presence of the SP receptor (NK-1 subtype) and then exposed to physiologic doses of SP and antagonists to assess for increased migration. RESULTS: Examination IEC-6 cells revealed the presence of the SP receptor. Wounding of these cells followed by subsequent exposure to SP (10 mol/L) resulted in increased migration. Similarly, SP-induced increases in intracellular calcium concentration and actomyosin stress fiber formation. These effects were all blocked through specific NK-1 receptor antagonists. CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that SP stimulates intestinal epithelial migration and increases in calcium concentration. These data support a beneficial role for SP in the maintenance of intestinal mucosal homeostasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-414
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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