Changes in reducing power profile of gastric juice in patients with active duodenal ulcer

Moshe Ligumsky*, Aharon Klar, Jimmy Siguencia, Ron Arnon, Irith Gati, Ron Kohen

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Reactive oxygen species have been postulated to play a role in the pathogenesis of mucosal GI injury and in peptic ulcer disease (PUD). The low molecular weight antioxidants (LMWA) group plays an important role in the defense mechanism of the GI tract against oxidative damage, and is a major component of the reducing capacity of biological tissues and fluids. We hypothesized that altered gastric LMWA anti oxidative status might play a role in the pathogenesis of upper GI disorders such as PUD and could be evaluated by measuring gastric juice reducing power. The aim of the present study was to determine, by cyclic voltammetry, changes in the overall antioxidant activity of the gastric juice in active duodenal ulcer (DU) obtained during upper endoscopy from patients as compared with normal subjects. The results show that in 28/37 (76%) of the control subjects, gastric juice demonstrated a reducing power of at least two anodic waves indicating at least two different LMWA groups. Three or more anodic waves were recorded in 12 normal subject (32%). In contrast, 16/25 (64%) of gastric juice samples obtained from active DU patients exhibited only one anodic wave usually at a high potential (> 900 mV). These results imply that gastric juice normally possesses a reducing power profile that can be determined by cyclic voltammetry. This profile is significantly changed in untreated DU disease. These changes in active DU may indicate decreased gastric antioxidant activity reflecting reduced mucosal protection that leading to increased susceptibility of the gastro-duodenum to injury.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)345-350
Number of pages6
JournalBiomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 2005


  • Cyclic voltammetry
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Gastric juice
  • Reactive oxygen species
  • Reducing power


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