Evidence that neuromedin U may regulate gut motility in reptiles but not in mammals

Eur J Pharmacol. 1989 Nov 21;171(2-3):255-7. doi: 10.1016/0014-2999(89)90117-9.


Neuromedin U-8 induced a monophasic and concentration-dependent contraction of intact small intestine from the turtle, Pseudemys scripta, whereas the peptide had no effect upon the motility of rat and guinea pig gut. The maximum response produced by neuromedin U-8 was 56% of that produced by acetylcholine and 62% of that produced by potassium chloride. The potency and maximum response to neuromedin U-8 were unaffected by tetrodotoxin and atropine. The data suggest that neuromedin U may play a role in regulation of gut motility in lower vertebrates but not in mammals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetylcholine / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Motility / drug effects*
  • Guinea Pigs
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Intestine, Small / drug effects
  • Muscle Contraction / drug effects
  • Neuropeptides / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Species Specificity
  • Swine
  • Turtles / physiology*


  • Neuropeptides
  • neuromedin U
  • Acetylcholine