Indexed on: 22 Feb '08Published on: 22 Feb '08Published in: Inflammation Research
To investigate whether glutamine supplementation modulates intestinal nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB) activity and pro-inflammatory cytokine expression after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in rats.Right parietal cortical contusion in male rats was made by the weight-dropping method. After trauma, the rats were randomly given chow alone or glutamine mixed chow for 5 d. Gut samples were extracted at 5 d postinjury. We measured NF-kappaB binding activity by electrophoretic mobility shift assay; NF-kappaB subunits p50 and p65 expression by immunohistochemistry; the concentrations of interleukin-1beta, tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6 by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; intestinal mucosal morphological changes by histopathological study and electron microscopy; and apoptosis by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end labeling staining.Administration of glutamine following TBI could decrease NF-kappaB binding activity, NF-kappaB p65 protein expression and concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the gut. TBI-induced damage of gut structure was ameliorated after glutamine supplementation.The results of the present study suggest that the therapeutic benefit of post-TBI glutamine supplementation might be due to its inhibitory effects on intestinal NF-kappaB activation and pro-inflammatory cytokine expression.