Correlation and immunolocalization of substance P nerve fibers and activated immune cells in human chronic gastritis

Gábor Sipos, Péter Sipos, Károly Altdorfer, Éva Pongor, Erzsébet Fehér

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Neuropeptides are able to modulate cytokine production by macrophages in response to various stimulators and have a major role in inflammation of different organs. Mammalian poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) both have been suggested to play a crucial role in inflammatory disorders. Unregulated increase of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) may also be pathogenic in inflammatory diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between the number of Substance P (SP) containing nerve fibers and activated immune cells using immunohisto-, immunocytochemical (EM) and confocal laser microscopic methods. To investigate expression and activation of immune cells gastric biopsy samples from patients with chronic gastritis were used. The number of SP containing nerve fibers and activated immune cells increased significantly in gastritis. Using monoclonal p65 antibody, activated NF-κB was found in inflamed mucosa but was absent in uninflamed mucosa. Immunobinding for the activated form of p65 of NF-κB was found in 22% of macrophages and 45% of lymphocytes. The number of immune cells showing IR for NF-κB, PARP and TNF-α correlated with the increasing number of SP containing fibres. Confocal laser microscopy was used to confirm the colocalization of SP in TNF-α and NFκB positive lymphocytes and mast cells in inflamed mucosa. Immuno-electronmicroscopic investigation confirmed that these cells belong to lymphocytes, mast cells and macrophages. Conclusions: The increase of SP in nerve fibers and in activated immune cells further activate the production of other proinflammatory mediators (e.g. TNF-α) and therefore generate the chronic inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1140-1148
Number of pages9
JournalAnatomical Record
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2008


  • Gastritis
  • NFkappaB
  • Neuroimmunomodulation
  • Substance P
  • TNF-alfa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Biotechnology
  • Histology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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