The effects of aspirin and ibuprofen on pepsinogen secretion were studied in isolated human peptic cells prepared from endoscopically obtained biopsy specimens after collagenase digestion, mechanical disruption, and percoll gradient centrifugation. Pharmacological concentrations of aspirin and ibuprofen (10(-8)-10(-4) M), potentiated histamine (10(-6)-10(-4)M) and forskolin (10(-5)M) stimulated pepsinogen secretion without affecting basal secretion, acetylcholine (10(-6)M) stimulated pepsinogen secretion or cell vitality. Augmentation of secretagogue stimulated pepsinogen secretion was dependent on extracellular calcium because potentiation was abolished by calcium depletion of the medium. Cimetidine inhibited the potentiation effect on histamine but not on forskolin stimulated pepsinogen secretion, thus suggesting that this augmentation was independent of histamine H2 receptors. Of interest, potentiation was also independent of endogenous prostaglandin inhibition because exogenous addition of prostaglandin E2 and D2 increased both basal and acetylcholine stimulated pepsinogen secretion in a dose dependent way, but they did not modify histamine or histamine plus aspirin or ibuprofen stimulated pepsinogen secretion. In conclusion, aspirin and ibuprofen potentiate secretagogue stimulated pepsinogen secretion by dispersed human peptic cells and this might be an additional mechanism of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) induced gastric injury. This potentiation effect is regulated by calcium, independent of endogenous prostaglandin inhibition and seems to act on pepsinogen secretion at a post-receptor site.
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