Pancreatic, hepatic, and duodenal mucosal bicarbonate secretion during infusion of secretin and cholecystokinin. Evidence of the importance of hepatic bicarbonate in the neutralization of acid in the duodenum of anaesthetized pigs

Ainsworth, M.A.; Ladegaard, L.; Svendsen, P.; Cantor, P.; Olsen, O.; Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, O.B.

Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 26(10): 1035-1041

1991


ISSN/ISBN: 0036-5521
PMID: 1947769
DOI: 10.3109/00365529109003953
Accession: 002179333

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Abstract
The effect of infusion of secretin alone or in combination with cholecystokinin (CCK) on pancreatic, hepatic, and duodenal mucosal bicarbonate secretion was studied in anaesthetized pigs. After laparotomy, catheters were inserted into the common bile duct, the pancreatic duct, and both ends of the duodenum. Pancreatic, hepatic, and duodenal mucosal secretions were collected during intraportal infusion of increasing doses of secretin, either alone or in combination with CCK. During infusion of secretin in doses that caused physiologic increases in plasma secretin concentrations the liver produced significantly more bicarbonate than the pancreas. A physiologic dose of CCK augmented the effect of secretin on both hepatic and pancreatic bicarbonate secretion, but the hepatic production of bicarbonate was still larger than the pancreatic production. Neither secretin alone nor secretin combined with CCK caused any changes in duodenal mucosal bicarbonate secretion. These results suggest that the liver plays an important role in the neutralization of acid in the duodenum.