Effect of a somatostatin analogue (SMS 201-995) on tear secretion in rats

Kapicioglu Z., Kalyoncu I., Deger O., Can G.

INTERNATIONAL OPHTHALMOLOGY, vol.22, no.1, pp.43-45, 1998 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Doi Number: 10.1023/a:1006171323980
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.43-45
  • Keywords: somatostatin analogue octreotide SMS 201-995, tear secretion, acetylcholine, rat, COLON
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


Purpose: In this study we investigated the effect of a somatostatin analogue, octreotide, (SMS 201-995) on tear secretion in rats. Method: The animals were anaesthetized intraperitoneally (ip) with urethan (1.2 g/kg) The drugs were injected subcutaneously (sc.). Tear samples were collected by folding a 5 mm section of the Schirmer strip over the lower lid margin to absorb tear fluid from the lower conjunctival sac for 5 mm. Forty animals were divided into four groups (n = 10). Group I (control) received 1 ml of saline, group 2 received 100 mu g/kg of SMS 201-995, group 3 received 50 mu g/kg of acetylcholine (Ach), group 4 received 100 mu g/kg of SMS 201-995 and 30 min later 50 mu g/kg of Ach. At t = 0 the local anesthetic proparacain HCI was instilled onto the ocular surface to minimize reflex secretion. Baseline secretion was measured before administering the various treatments. Results: While Ach alone significantly increased tear secretion, SMS 201-995 reduced it compared to saline (control) (p < 0.0001, p < 0.001, respectively). SMS 201-995 combined with Ach decreased tear secretion compared to Ach alone (p < 0.03). Conclusion: SMS 201-995 significantly inhibits Ach stimulated tear secretion in rats.