Endogenous orexin-A modulates gastric motility by peripheral mechanisms in rats

Peptides. 2010 Jun;31(6):1099-108. doi: 10.1016/j.peptides.2010.03.007. Epub 2010 Mar 20.


Orexin-A (OXA) and orexin receptor type 1 (OX1R) are found in enteric nervous system and smooth muscle cells in the digestive tract. Fasting is a stimulant for OXA synthesis. The aim of the present study was to investigate central and peripheral effects of endogenous OXA on gastric motility. Endogenous OXA synthesis was induced by 36h fasting. Vagotomy was used to evaluate N.vagus-mediated effects of OXA. Gastric emptying and interdigestive gastric motility were measured by spectrophotometric and manometric methods, respectively. Rats were pretreated with OX1R antagonist SB-334867 prior to measurements. Plasma OXA concentration was assayed with radioimmunoassay while preproorexin (PPO) expression was determined with Western blotting in gastric and hypothalamic tissues. OXA immunoreactivity in antrum was determined with immunohistochemistry. Plasma OXA level, PPO protein expression and OXA immunoreactivity were significantly increased in response to 36h fasting. Endogenous OXA facilitated gastric emptying and inhibited gastric interdigestive motility. As these effects were abolished with SB-334867, it is likely that gastrokinetic effects of OXA are mediated via OX1R. Vagotomy did not alter OXA-mediated effects. According to current data, OXA is up-regulated both centrally and peripherally upon fasting. Endogenous OXA accelerates gastric emptying while it inhibits interdigestive motility.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Benzoxazoles / pharmacology
  • Fasting / physiology
  • Gastric Emptying / drug effects*
  • Gastrointestinal Motility / drug effects
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / blood
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / physiology*
  • Male
  • Naphthyridines
  • Neuropeptides / biosynthesis
  • Neuropeptides / blood
  • Neuropeptides / physiology*
  • Orexin Receptors
  • Orexins
  • Rats
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Receptors, Neuropeptide / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Up-Regulation
  • Urea / analogs & derivatives
  • Urea / pharmacology
  • Vagus Nerve / physiology


  • 1-(2-methylbenzoxazol-6-yl)-3-(1,5)naphthyridin-4-yl urea
  • Benzoxazoles
  • Hcrtr1 protein, rat
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Naphthyridines
  • Neuropeptides
  • Orexin Receptors
  • Orexins
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Receptors, Neuropeptide
  • Urea