Gastroenterologia Japonica

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 100–109 | Cite as

Effect of topical application of amino acids on gastric pepsin secretion in the rat

  • Mitsuru Aono
  • Motoyuki Moriga
  • Haruto Uchino
Original Article


The effect of amino acids and other chemicals of intragastric perfusion on pepsin secretion was studied in anaesthetized rats. Irrigation of the stomach with glycine caused concentration-dependent increase in pepsin output, but not in acid output. Pepsin stimulatory effect was decreased by an increase of the carbon chain between the amino group and carboxyl group of glycine and by transposing the amino group from α- to γ-position in amino-n-butyric acid. Acidification of perfusate, a local irrigation of lidocaine and an intravenous infusion of atropine reduced but did not abolish the pepsin response to chemical stimulation. Since serum gastrin level was not changed from basal levels during pepsin secretion induced by amino acids, the mechanism of chemical stimulation appears to be gastrin-independent. The comparison of the secretagogue activity of amino acids shows that glycine exhibited the strongest stimulation of pepsin output, reaching 208% of the response to tetragastrin at the dose of 8μg/kg/hour. All other amino acids tested were found to stimulate pepsin secretion, whereas bovine serum albumin and hydrochloric acid were inert in this respect. The result indicates that the chemical stimulation of the stomach by amino acids is capable of inducing pepsin secretion by a local, gastrin-independent mechanism sensitive to pH and related to the molecular configuration of amino acids.

Key Word

amino acids Ghosh-Lai’s rat gastric secretion pepsin gastrin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitsuru Aono
    • 1
  • Motoyuki Moriga
    • 1
  • Haruto Uchino
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Nutrition and The First Department of Internal MedicineKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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