Increased levels of somatostatin in rat ankles with adjuvant arthritis

A. M. Elhassan, J. U. Lindgren, K. Hultenby, A. Adem

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Levels of somatostatin were investigated in the ankles and spinal cords of rats suffering from acute and chronic adjuvant arthritis. As measured by radioimmunoassay, somatostatin showed significantly higher concentrations only in chronic arthritic ankles. No significant difference was observed in somatostatin levels between the spinal cords of normal and arthritic groups. Using immunohistochemical labeling and electron microscopy, we observed increased somatostatin labeling in the mature bone matrix, monocytes, and polymorphonuclear cells of bone marrow and macrophage-like synovial cells of chronically arthritic rats. Understanding the mechanism(s) which lead to increased somatostatin in chronic arthritic joints may result in more effective treatment methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-191
Number of pages6
JournalRheumatology International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Adjuvant
  • Ankle
  • Arthritis
  • Somatostatin
  • Spinal cord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology


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