Inhibitory effect of sorbin on pepsin secretion in conscious cats and rabbits

Peptides. 2000 Jan;21(1):65-72. doi: 10.1016/s0196-9781(99)00175-8.


Sorbin, a 153 amino acid polypeptide isolated from porcine upper small intestine and its shortest synthetic derivative, the C-terminal heptapeptide (C7-sorbin), substituted by D alaninamide in the last position (D7-sorbin), have proabsorptive and antisecretory effect in the different parts of the intestine. We showed that labeled C7-sorbin accumulated not only in the enterocytes and the enteric nervous system but also in the gastric chief cells in the rat. The chief cell secretion of pepsin was then studied in two other species, the cat and the rabbit, simultaneously with the acid secretion of parietal cells. Lipase secretion was studied in the rabbit because lipase is exclusively secreted by the upper cells of the fundic glands, which do not secrete pepsin. The animals were equipped with a gastric fistula, fully innervated, and a Heidenhain pouch, vagally denervated, during a continuous perfusion of pentagastrin (PG) 2 microg/kg. h and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) 4 microg/kg. h. D7-sorbin (100 pmol/kg. h) inhibited cat and rabbit pepsin secretion from the innervated gastric fistula secretion and from the cat denervated Heidenhain pouc secretion, but was without effect on acid secretion and lipase secretion. These data indicate that the inhibitory effect of sorbin is specific on chief cells because the acid parietal cell secretion in both species and lipase upper cell secretion of the fundic glands, in the rabbit, are not implicated.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autoradiography
  • Cats
  • Chief Cells, Gastric / drug effects
  • Chief Cells, Gastric / enzymology
  • Chief Cells, Gastric / metabolism
  • Female
  • Gastric Acid / metabolism
  • Lipase / metabolism
  • Male
  • Oligopeptides / pharmacology
  • Parietal Cells, Gastric / drug effects
  • Parietal Cells, Gastric / enzymology
  • Parietal Cells, Gastric / metabolism
  • Pepsin A / metabolism*
  • Peptides / isolation & purification
  • Peptides / pharmacology*
  • Peptides / physiology
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Species Specificity
  • Swine


  • BN 52080
  • Oligopeptides
  • Peptides
  • sorbin peptide
  • Lipase
  • Pepsin A