Plasma exudation, hyperaemia, and epithelial permeability in rats with oxazolone-induced colitis: modulatory effects of budesonide

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BACKGROUND: Oxazolone-induced colitis in the rat is an immune-driven model of human colitis. The aim of the present study was to measure the changes in the absorptive and exudative permeabilites, oedema formation, and local blood flow in this model during the development of inflammation. We also assessed the effects of acute (<1 h), topical glucocorticosteroid (GCS) treatment on these factors. METHODS: Colitis was induced by local instillation of oxazolone in previously sensitized animals. Calculating the 40-min plasma-equivalent extravascular volume quantitated the plasma exudation rate. This was determined by using labelled albumin as marker for total tissue content of plasma and Evans blue content as marker for the intravascular volume. Absorptive permeability was simultaneously measured as uptake of rectally administered (51Cr)-labelled ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). In separate experiments regional blood flows were measured by means of the labelled microsphere method. RESULTS: At both 3 and 24 h after challenge marked enhancements of both exudative and absorptive permeabilities were found. At 24 h there was also an increase in local blood flow. GCS treatment abolished all of the hyperaemia and the main part of the exudative response but had no significant effect on the absorptive permeability. CONCLUSIONS: In this model immunologic mechanisms induce permeability and blood flow changes similar to those in the human disease. It seems suitable for the study of GCS and other anti-inflammatory or immune-modulating drugs.


  • G M Ekstrom
  • Sven Andersson
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  • Gastroenterologi
Sidor (från-till)190-197
TidskriftScandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
StatusPublished - 2000
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa