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      Inhibitory Effects of 4-Guanidinobutyric Acid against Gastric Lesions

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          This study examined the inhibitory effects of 4-guanidinobutyric acid (4GBA), an alkaloid, against gastric lesions by assessing the inhibition of Helicobacter pylori ( H. pylori) and gastric cancer cells. Acute and chronic gastritis were also observed using HCl/ethanol (EtOH) and indomethacin-induced gastric lesion models, respectively. 4GBA inhibited the growth of H. pylori in a dose dependent manner, and showed acid-neutralizing capacity. In the pylorus ligated rats, 4GBA decreased the volume of gastric secretion and gastric acid output slightly, and increased the pH. 4GBA at a dose of 100 mg/kg reduced the size of HCl/EtOH-induced gastric lesions (70.8%) and indomethacin-induced gastric lesions (38.8%). The antigastritic action of 4GBA might be associated with the acid-neutralizing capacity, anti- H. pylori action, and decreased volume of gastric secretion. These results suggest that 4GBA might be useful in the treatment and/or protection of gastritis.

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                +82-2-901-8382 , +82-2-901-8386
                Biomol Ther (Seoul)
                Biomol Ther (Seoul)
                Biomolecules & Therapeutics
                The Korean Society of Applied Pharmacology
                March 2012
                : 20
                : 2
                : 239-244
                College of Pharmacy, Duksung Womens University, Seoul 132-714, Republic of Korea
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