Effects of TRH on gastric acid secretion: A model for human study

K. A. Kovács, M. Fiegler, J. Nemes, Gy Mózsik

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The possible effects of TRH administration on different parameters of gastric function were studied in 10 patients with different gastrointestinal complaints. Basal (BAG) and pentagastrin stimulated (6 μg pentagastrin/kg bw sc) maximal (MAO) acid output were determined and serum levels of TSH, total and free thyroxine (T4 and FT4), triiodothyronine (T3) were measured. After determinations of BAO and MAO and the hormones indicated above. one group of patients received a TRH injection (0.2 mg protirelin) intravenously. The second group of patients was injected with atropine (atropinum sulfuricum, 1 mg, iv). At different times following the injections in both groups of patients BAO, MAO and serum levels of TSH, total and free T4, T3, gastrin were determined. Injection of TRH resulted in an increase in TSH and with some delay in thyroxine and gastric acid levels. Atropine treatment was followed by a decrease in gastric acid secretion and a small decrease in TSH and no changes in the values of the other studied hormones. The results suggest a complex interrelationship between TRH, vagal system and pentagastrin-dependent gastric acid secretion operating in human subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-269
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physiology Paris
Issue number3-5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Gastric acid
  • Man
  • TRH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Physiology (medical)

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