Fang X, Liu S, Wang XY, Gao N, Hu H, Wang GD, Cook CH, Needleman BJ, Mikami DJ, Xia Y, Fei GJ, Hicks GA, Wood JD (2008). Neurogastroenterology of tegaserod (HTF 919) in the submucosal division of the guinea-pig and human enteric nervous system. Neurogastroenterol Motil 20(1): 80-93. PMID: 17973634
Actions of the 5-HT(4) serotonergic receptor partial agonist, tegaserod, were investigated on mucosal secretion in the guinea-pig and human small intestine and on electrophysiological behaviour of secretomotor neurons in the guinea-pig small intestinal submucosal plexus. Expression of 5-HT(4) receptor protein and immunohistochemical localization of the 5-HT(4) receptor in the submucosal plexus in relation to expression and localization of choline acetyltransferase and the vesicular acetylcholine (ACh) transporter were determined for the enteric nervous system of humanand guinea-pig small intestine. Immunoreactivity for the 5-HT(4) receptor was expressed as ring-like fluorescence surrounding the perimeter of the neuronal cell bodies and co-localized with the vesicular ACh transporter. Exposure of mucosal/submucosal preparations to tegaserod in Ussing chambers evoked increases in mucosal secretion reflected by stimulation of short-circuit current. Stimulation of secretion had a relative high EC(50) of 28.1 +/- 1.3 mumol L(-1), was resistant to neural blockade and appeared to be a direct action on the secretory epithelium. Tegaserodacted at presynaptic 5-HT(4) receptors to facilitate the release of ACh at nicotinic synapses on secretomotor neurons in the submucosal plexus. The 5-HT(2B) receptor subtype was not involved in actions at nicotinic synapses or stimulation of secretion.