Journal article

A ghrelin receptor agonist is an effective colokinetic in rats with diet-induced constipation

RV Pustovit, JB Furness, LR Rivera

Neurogastroenterology & Motility | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite constipation being a common problem, the treatments that are available have side effects and are only partly effective. Recent studies show that centrally penetrant ghrelin receptor agonists cause defecation in humans and other species. Here, we describe some features of a rat model of low fiber-induced constipation, and investigate the effectiveness of the ghrelin agonist, capromorelin. METHODS: Rats were given low-fiber diets for 5 weeks. Their colorectal responsiveness to distension and to a behavioral test, water avoidance and colon histology were compared to those of rats on a standard diet. KEY RESULTS: After the low-fiber diet, distension of the colon produced fewe..

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