Purpose Enhanced structural features of resection-induced intestinal adaptation have been demonstrated following the administration of multiple different growth factors and peptides. Among these, the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system has been considered to be significant. In this study, we employ mutant mouse strains to directly test the contribution of IGF2 and its enterocyte receptor (IGF1R) toward the adaptation response to massive small bowel resection (SBR). Methods IGF2-knockout (IGF2-KO) (n = 8) and intestine specific IGF1R-knockout mice (IGF1R-IKO) (n = 9) and their wild type (WT) littermates (n = 5, n = 7, respectively) underwent 50% proximal SBR. At post-operative day 7, structural adaptation was measured as crypt depth and villus height. Rates of enterocyte proliferation and apoptosis were also recorded. Results The successful deletion of IGF2 and IGF1R expression in the enterocytes was confirmed by RT-PCR and Western blot, respectively. Normal adaptation occurred in both IGF2-KO and IGF1R-IKO mice after 50% SBR. Post-operative rates of proliferation and apoptosis in both IGF2-KO and IGF1R-IKO mice were no different than their respective controls. Conclusion IGF2 and functional IGF1R signaling in enterocytes are both dispensable for resection-induced adaptation responses. The mechanism for IGF-stimulation of intestinal adaptation may involve other ligands or cellular compartments within the intestine.
- Insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor
- Insulin-like growth factor-2
- Intestinal adaptation
- Short gut syndrome