IMR Press / FBL / Volume 23 / Issue 11 / DOI: 10.2741/4697

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Establishment of a porcine model of indomethacin-induced intestinal injury

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1 Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Animal Nutrition and Feed Safety, Hubei Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Wuhan Polytechnic University, Wuhan 430023, China
2 Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2018, 23(11), 2166–2176;
Published: 1 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Amino acids in nutrition, health, and disease)

A useful animal model of intestinal injury is pivotal for studying its pathogenesis and developing nutritional interventions (e.g., amino acid supplementation). Here, we propose the use of indomethacin (IDMT) to induce intestinal inflammation in neonatal pigs. Fourteen-day-old piglets fed a milk replacer diet receive intraperitoneal administration of IDMT (5 mg/kg body weight) for 3 consecutive days. On day 4, blood and intestinal samples are obtained for physiological and biochemical analyses. IDMT increases blood DAO activity, I-FABP concentration, neutrophil and eosinophil numbers; intestinal MMP3 mRNA levels, MPO activity, and MDA concentration; but reduces the plasma concentration of citrulline (synthesized exclusively by enterocytes of the small intestine), intestinal GSH-Px activity, and mRNA levels for villinI-FABPTRPV6AQP10, and KCNJ13. Moreover, extensive hemorrhagic spots, thinned intestinal wall, and ulcers in the distal jejunum and ileum are observed in IDMT-challenged piglets. Furthermore, IDMT decreases intestinal villus height and villus surface area in the piglet jejunum. Collectively, this work establishes a porcine model of intestinal injury for designing novel nutritional means to improve gut function in pigs and humans.

Intestinal injury
Animal Model
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