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Identification of an epithelial member of the protease family, supporting the potential diagnostic and therapeutic role of serine proteases in IBS

The quest for appropriate diagnostic tools and therapies for IBS runs in parallel with the different pathogenic mechanisms investigated. One of these mechanisms is visceral hypersensitivity, resulting from a disturbed neuronal signalling at the peripheral and/or central levels.1 2 Rolland-Fourcade et al3 show, in this issue of Gut, that intestinal epithelial cells (Caco-2 cells) release a trypsin-like activity at the basolateral side of the cells after stimulation with a classical inflammatory stimulus (lipopolysaccharide) or with a stress-related stimulus (epinephrine), and they identified it as trypsin-3. They confirmed the clinical relevance of trypsin-3 by proving its presence in colonic tissue from patients with IBS (all subgroups). Besides, trypsin-3 increased epithelial permeability in the Caco-2 monolayers and increased the excitability of mouse dorsal root ganglia neurons in vitro. Moreover, it induced Ca+2 transients in human submucosal neurons in vitro and caused visceral hyperalgesia in response...

Publisher URL: http://gut.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/66/10/1731

DOI: 10.1136/gutjnl-2016-313664

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