Stimulation of neuronal receptors, neuropeptides and cytokines during experimental oil of mustard colitis


Edward S. Kimball PhD


Abstract  Oil of mustard (OM), administered intracolonically, produces severe colitis in mice that is maximized within 3 days. The purpose of this study was to characterize the cytokine response, and to establish expression patterns of enteric neuronal mediators and neuronal receptors affected during active colitis. We measured the changes in the mRNA levels for neuronal receptors and mediators by real-time PCR, and cytokine and chemokine protein levels in the affected tissue. Significant increases in neuronal receptors, such as transient receptor potential A1 (TRPA1), cannabinoid type 1 receptor, neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1R) and delta-opioid receptor; prokineticin-1 receptor; and soluble mediators, such as prodynorphin, proenkephalin1, NK1, prokineticin-1 and secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor, occurred. Significant increases in cytokines, such as interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6 and granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), and in chemokines, such as macrophage chemotactic protein 1 (MCP-1), macrophage inflammatory protein 1 (MIP-1α) and Kupffer cell derived chemokine (KC), were detected, with no changes in T-cell-derived cytokines. Furthermore, immunodeficient C57Bl/6 RAG2−/− mice exhibited OM colitis of equal severity as seen in wt C57Bl/6 and CD-1 mice. The results demonstrate rapidly increased levels of mRNA for neuronal receptors and soluble mediators associated with pain and inflammation, and increases in cytokines associated with macrophage and neutrophil activation and recruitment. Collectively, the data support a neurogenic component in OM colitis coupled with a myeloid cell-related, T- and B-cell-independent inflammatory component.