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From Gastroprotective to Ulcerogenic Effects of Glucocorticoids: Role of Long-Term Glucocorticoid Action

[ Vol. 20 , Issue. 7 ]


Ludmila Filaretova, Tatiana Podvigina, Tatiana Bagaeva and Olga Morozova   Pages 1045 - 1050 ( 6 )


Glucocorticoids may have dual action on the gastric mucosa: gastroprotective and ulcerogenic. In this article, we review the data which suggested that an initial action of endogenous glucocorticoids, including stress-produced ones as well as exogenous glucocorticoids is gastroprotective and consider possible mechanisms of the conversion of physiological gastroprotective action of glucocorticoid hormones to their pathological ulcerogenic effect.


The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis, glucocorticoids, dexamethasone, gastric mucosa, stress, indomethacin, injury, gastroprotection.


Laboratory of Experimental Endocrinology, Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, nab. Makarova 6, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia.

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