Neurotensin, vaso-active intestinal polypeptide and gastrin levels in plasma and protal venous blood in experimental mesenteric ischaemia
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The effect of mesenteric ischaemia on the levels of neurotensin, vaso-active intestinal polypeptide and gastrin in portal venous blood and in the peripheral circulation was studied in two groups of 7 and 6 baboons (Papio ursinus). In peripheral blood a decreasing trend in levels of neurotensin was observed, while vaso-active intestinal polypeptide and gastrin levels were unchanged. There was a similar trend in neurotensin levels in portal venous blood, together with an increasing trend in levels of vaso-active intestinal polypeptide. Gastrin levels were unchanged. Further investigation of these apparent trends in a large number of animals is warranted.
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