The effects of intestinal inflammation on the currents and channels of identified enteric neurons

Grant number: 400020


Intestinal inflammation, in gastroenteritis, Crohn's disease, ileitis or colitis, has effects on the motility (movement) of the gastrointestinal and on secretion within it. The symptoms that are recognised are poor digestion, crampy pains and diarrhoea. The symptoms often continue after the inflammation has subsided. The major disease entity that can develop after inflammation is the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is associated with persistent disorders of bowel motility. The symptoms are triggered by changes in the properties of enteric neurons, many of which become hyperexcitable. Enteric neurons are part of the nervous system within the gut wall. However, the neurons that have change..

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