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Frontiers of Medicine

ISSN 2095-0217

ISSN 2095-0225(Online)

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Front Med Chin    2010, Vol. 4 Issue (3) : 317-322     DOI: 10.1007/s11684-010-0035-4
Effect of salvia miltiorrhiza pretreatment on the CCK and VIP expression in hepatic ischemia-reperfusion-induced digestive tract congestion
Zhi-Yong ZHANG1, Xiao-Ping CHEN1, Qi-Ping LU2()
1. Hepatic Surgery Center, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, China; 2. Department of General Surgery, Wuhan General Hospital of PLA, Wuhan 430070, China
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The inhibitory effect of different reperfusion periods 45 min following hepatic ischemia on the expression of cholecystokinin (CCK) and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) in the jejunum and the effect of salvia miltiorrhiza pretreatment were investigated, and the possible mechanism and implications were explored. Eighty rats were randomly divided into four groups: normal control group (CO group), sham-operated group (SO group), ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury group (IR group) and salvia miltiorrhiza pretreatment group (SM group). The rat model of I/R was established by using a non-invasive artery clamp to clip (45 min) or relax the hepatic pedicle. In the SM group, saline (40 mL/kg) and salvia miltiorrhiza injection (6 g/kg) were injected via the tail vein 30 min before clipping the hepatic pedicle. In the SO group only the porta hepatis was dissected after laparotomy without clamping the hepatic pedicle. At 0, 3, 12, 24 and 72 h post-reperfusion, respectively, upper jejunum samples were taken for immunohistochemistry of CCK and VIP. It was found that 0 h after I/R, the expression of CCK and VIP in the upper jejunum was upregulated. With prolongation of the reperfusion period, the expression of CCK and VIP was also increased, reached the peak at the 24th h, and gradually returned to the normal level at the 72nd h after reperfusion. The levels of both CCK and VIP in the SM group were lower than those in the IR group. It is suggested that the digestive tract congestion injury caused by liver ischemia can upregulate the expression of CCK and VIP in the jejunum following reperfusion. Salviae pretreatment can partly reduce the increased expression of CCK and VIP in the jejunum in the same period, which might contribute to the early recovery of gastrointestinal motility.

Keywords hepatic ischemia-reperfusion      digestive tract congestion      cholecystokinin      vasoactive intestinal peptide      salvia miltiorrhiza     
Corresponding Authors: LU Qi-Ping,   
Issue Date: 05 September 2010
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groups0 h3 h12 h24 h72 hF valuesP values
F values52.23225.55770.331700.986.99
P values0.
Tab.1  The positive number of units of CCK expression in jejunum tissues at different reperfusion time limit points 45 min following hepatic ischemia
Fig.1  The CCK expression at 24 h of reperfusion in normal control group (a), sham-operated group (b), ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury group (c) and salvia miltiorrhiza pretreatment group (d) (× 400). CCK: cholecystokinin.
groups0 h3 h12 h24 h72 hF valuesP values
F values98.29526.221281.582476.2247.38
P value0.
Tab.2  The positive number of units of VIP expression in jejunum tissues at different reperfusion time limit points 45 min following hepatic ischemia
Fig.2  The VIP expression at 24 h of reperfusion in the normal control group (a), sham-operated group (b), ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury group (c) and salvia miltiorrhiza pretreatment group (d) (× 400). VIP: vasoactive intestinal peptide.
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