Neural mechanisms mediating hypersecretion and motility patterns induced by enterotoxins

Grant number: 251504 | Funding period: 2003 - 2005



This project aims to identify the nerve cells that are responsible for the massive oversecretion of water and salt seen with cholera and other diseases producing diarrhoea. Many of these disease act through specific toxins and, although the biochemical targets of these toxins are reasonably well understood, the nerve cells on which they act have never been identified. Furthermore, the mechanisms that couple the oversecretion with a massive increase in the propulsive activity of the intestine are also unknown. We will investigate each of these questions using the small intestine of the guinea-pig, because the nerve circuit in this preparation is better understood than that of any other. Nerve..

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