NEURAL CONTROL OF COLORECTAL FUNCTIONAND IDENTIFICATION OF SITES OF DRUG ACTION
Grant number: 1079739 | Funding period: 2015 - 2018
Constipation is a considerable problem, especially in the elderly; it occurs in 20-25% of people over 65 and in about 50% of people in nursing homes. It is also a significant concern for children, with up to 30% being affected. There are no adequate treatments and the majority of people are dissatisfied with their management. We have discovered a class of compounds that stimulate defecation. In this project we will test the effectiveness of these compounds to relieve constipation.
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Evidence that central pathways that mediate defecation utilize ghrelin receptors but do not require endogenous ghrelin
Ruslan V Pustovit, Brid Callaghan, Mitchell T Ringuet, Nicole F Kerr, Billie Hunne, Ian M Smyth, Claudio Pietra, John B Furness
In laboratory animals and in human, centrally penetrant ghrelin receptor agonists, given systemically or orally, cause defecation...