Serotonin or the Mucosa Do Not Mediate the Motor Effect of Allyl Isothiocyanate in the Guinea-Pig Small Intestine

Zsolt I. Sandor, Timea Bencsik, Andras Dekany, L. Barthó, Zsolt I. Sandor

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Background: Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT), originating from the enterochromaffin cells has been reported to mediate the contractile effect of the sensory stimulant and TRPA1 activator allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) in the guinea-pig small intestine [Nozawa et al: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2009;106:3408-3413]. Summary: In the present experiments, the nerve-mediated contraction of this preparation due to AITC was not inhibited by a combination of methysergide (broad-spectrum 5-HT antagonist; 0.3 µmol/l), Y 25130 (azasetron, 5-HT3 receptor antagonist; 1 µmol/l) and SB 204070 (5-HT4 receptor antagonist; 2 µmol/l) or by 5-HT receptor desensitization, that is, pretreatments that practically abolished contractions of similar size in response to exogenous 5-HT, without causing nonspecific effects. AITC also contracted longitudinal muscle-myenteric plexus preparations, an effect also fully resistant to the combination of 5-HT receptor antagonists. The pharmacology of AITC in strip preparations matched that in the whole ileum. Key Messages: It is concluded that neither endogenous 5-HT nor the gut mucosa contributes to the excitatory effect of AITC in the guinea-pig small intestine. The combination of 5-HT antagonists elaborated is suitable for studying the possible involvement of 5-HT in motor responses of the guinea-pig intestine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-203
Number of pages5
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 24 2016


  • Gut contraction
  • Mustard oil
  • Serotonin antagonists
  • TRP channels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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