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ObjectiveAll patients with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) have some degree of villous atrophy, mucin changes and chronic inflammation. The mechanism underlying these changes is unknown. This study investigates the hypothesis that luminal factor(s) may affect epithelial cells in in-vitro studies.DesignIPAA dialysate from eight patients with prior ulcerative colitis was assessed.MethodsThe effect of the dialysate on epithelial cell (i-407, HT-29 and CaCo-2) proliferation (3H-thymidine incorporation) and cytotoxicity (51-chromium release) was determined. Bile acid(s) at concentrations measured in IPAA dialysate were assessed in isolation and in combination for cytotoxicity against CaCo-2 cells. The effect of dialysate and bile acids on immature and mature CaCo-2 monolayer cytotoxicity, transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) and histology was investigated.ResultsIPAA dialysate is antiproliferative and cytotoxic to the cell lines. At concentrations present in dialysate chenodeoxycholic acid and deoxycholic acid were cytotoxic to CaCo-2 cells. IPAA dialysate was not cytotoxic to mature CaCo-2 cell monolayers. TEER was maintained across monolayers with dialysate but not with control Rheomacrodex (P = 0.02). Bile acids at concentrations present in dialysate were cytotoxic to monolayers.ConclusionIleal pouch dialysate is cytotoxic to epithelial cells due (in part) to bile acids. Bile acids in isolation are cytotoxic to both CaCo-2 cells and monolayers. Despite the presence of bile acid the dialysate is not cytotoxic to CaCo-2 monolayers and preserves epithelial resistance and histological structure.


Journal article


European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology

Publication Date





1219 - 1226


Gastroenterology Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK.


Epithelium, Cells, Cultured, Caco-2 Cells, Tumor Cells, Cultured, Humans, Bile Acids and Salts, Dialysis Solutions, Proctocolectomy, Restorative, Cell Division, Cell Survival, Electric Conductivity, Time Factors