Effects of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide on blood flow, motility and fluid transport in the gastrointestinal tract of the cat

Acta Physiol Scand. 1979 Apr;105(4):461-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-1716.1979.tb00111.x.


The effect of close intraarterial infusions of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) on gastric motility, intestinal fluid transport and colonic motility were studied in the cat. Regional blood flow was also followed in all experiments. In the stomach VIP produced a gastric relaxation and a blood flow increase. The motility response was similar to that observed when eliciting the vago-vagal reflex relaxation by distending the esophagus. In the small intestine a hyperemia and a decrease of net water uptake was observed. When infusing small amounts of VIP a decrease of net water uptake was seen without any change of intestinal blood flow. Large amounts of VIP produced a transient secretory state in the small intestine. In the colon a hyperemia was seen immediately upon starting the infusion of the drug. After 2-3 min of infusion a contraction of the colon was apparent. The administration of atropine to the animal did not significantly affect any of the responses produced by VIP. The results are discussed in relation to VIP as a possible neurotransmitter in the gastrointestinal tract.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Atropine / pharmacology
  • Blood Pressure / drug effects
  • Cats
  • Colon / blood supply
  • Colon / drug effects
  • Digestive System / blood supply*
  • Esophagus / physiology
  • Gastrointestinal Hormones / pharmacology*
  • Gastrointestinal Motility / drug effects*
  • Intestinal Absorption / drug effects*
  • Intestine, Small / blood supply
  • Intestine, Small / drug effects
  • Regional Blood Flow / drug effects
  • Stomach / blood supply
  • Stomach / drug effects
  • Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide / pharmacology*


  • Gastrointestinal Hormones
  • Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide
  • Atropine