Effects of Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide on Colonic Motility and Defecation in Conscious Dogs

Tomoyuki Ono, Munenori Nagao, Hirofumi Imoto, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Naoki Tanaka, Fuyuhiko Motoi, Takeshi Naito, Michiaki Unno

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Background: Although intra-arterial infusion of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) reportedly stimulates giant migrating contractions (GMCs) of the small intestine in conscious dogs, the effect of intravenous CGRP administration on colonic motility remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effects of intravenous CGRP on colonic motility and defecation and determined the underlying mechanism of action in conscious dogs. Methods: Sixteen Beagle dogs weighing 11–13 kg were included. The effects of intravenous CGRP at doses of 3.33 (with various antagonists), 0.83, and 1.67 μg/kg on colonic motility and defecation were evaluated in neurally intact dogs (n = 6). For comparison, dogs with transection/re-anastomosis (T/R) between the proximal and middle segments of the colon (n = 5) and dogs with extrinsic denervation of the ileocolonic segments (n = 5) also received intravenous CGRP at 3.33 μg/kg. All dogs were equipped with strain gauge force transducers on the ileocolon for measurement of the colonic contractile activity. Results: Intravenous CGRP evoked GMCs and defecation in the neurally intact group; these stimulatory effects were inhibited by atropine and hexamethonium. Compared with the neurally intact group, the T/R group exhibited similar proximal colonic motility and decreased distal colonic motility after intravenous CGRP administration, whereas the extrinsic denervation group exhibited increased colonic motility overall. Conclusions: Intravenous CGRP induces colonic motility and defecation through acetylcholine release in conscious dogs. The continuity of the enteric nerves plays an important role in CGRP-induced colonic contractions and defecation, while the extrinsic nerves suppress CGRP-induced colonic motility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2097-2103
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1


  • Calcitonin gene-related peptide
  • Colonic motility
  • Extrinsic nerve
  • Intrinsic nerve
  • Neurotransmitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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