Adapter-modified Ussing chamber enables evaluation of endoscopically-obtained colonic biopsy samples from cats and dogs.
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Adapter-modified Ussing chambers have been used for assessment of endoscopically obtained intestinal biopsies in humans. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of an adapter-modified Ussing chamber for assessment of intestinal transport physiology in endoscopically-obtained colonic biopsies from cats and dogs. Fifteen colonic biopsies from four cats and 13 colonic biopsies from four dogs were transferred into a modified Ussing chamber and sequentially exposed to several compounds. Baseline meanSD conductance was measured. Changes of short circuit current (Isc) were observed after exposure to glucose (number of feline biopsies that responded=0/number of canine biopsies that responded=4), phloridzin (n=0/n=7), histamine (n=5/n=12), serotonin (n=7/n=12), prostaglandin (n=5/n=7), forskolin (n=7/n=7), and ouabain (n=9/n=7). The adapter-modified Ussing chamber studied here enables investigation of transport physiology of endoscopically-obtained colonic biopsies from companion animals. However, we observed a large variability of results, suggesting that clinical use of this method is limited.