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ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

Gastric Cytoprotection Beyond Prostaglandins: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Gastroprotective and Ulcer Healing Actions of Antacids

Author(s): Andrzej Tarnawski, Amrita Ahluwalia and Michael K. Jones

Volume 19, Issue 1, 2013

Page: [126 - 132] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1381612811306010126

Price: $65


This article updates current views on gastric mucosal defense, injury, protection and ulcer healing with a focus on mucosal protective and ulcer healing actions of antacids. The gastric mucosa is continuously exposed to a variety of noxious factors, both endogenous such as: 0.1N hydrochloric acid, pepsin, bile acids, lysolecithin, H. pylori toxins and exogenous such as NSAIDs, ethanol and others. Gastric mucosal integrity is maintained by pre-epithelial, epithelial and post-epithelial defense mechanisms permitting the mucosa to withstand exposure to the above damaging factors. When mucosal defense is weakened or overwhelmed by injurious factors, injury develops in the form of erosions or ulcers. In the late 1970s Andre Robert and coworkers discovered that microgram amounts of a prostaglandin E2 analog protects the gastric mucosa against a variety of ulcerogenic and necrotizing agents - even such strong inducers of injury as 100% ethanol and boiling water. They proposed a new concept of cytoprotection. Subsequently, other compounds, such as sulfhydryls, sucralfate and epidermal growth factor were shown to exert protective action on gastric mucosa. Additionally, some antacids have been shown to exert a potent mucosal protective action against a variety of injurious factors and accelerate healing of erosions and gastric ulcers. These actions of antacids, especially hydrotalcite - the newest and the most extensively studied antacid - are due to activation of prostaglandin synthesis; binding to and inactivation of pepsin, bile acids and H. pylori toxins; induction of heat shock proteins; and, activation of genes encoding growth factors and their receptors.

Keywords: Gastric, protection, injury, healing, antacid, hydrotalcite, mucosal defense, H. pylori toxins, NSAIDs, gastric ulcers

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