John Kerner

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  • CARBON-MONOXIDE PRODUCTION BY NONBACTERIAL SOURCES AFTER HEME FEEDING OF NEONATAL RATS BIOLOGY OF THE NEONATE Stevenson, D. K., HAMORI, C. J., Carlton, R. R., Castillo, R. O., Kerner, J. A., Vreman, H. J. 1990; 57 (3-4): 238-242

    Abstract:

    We determined the relative potential for nonbacterial CO production after oral heme feeding of 12-hour-old rats. The intestinal flora was eliminated by treatment with kanamycin, ampicillin, and neomycin. CO excretion (VeCO) was measured after oral administration of heme (0.64 mumol/animal). Antibiotic treatment alone did not significantly affect the VeCO of rats gavaged with saline. Heme administration increased (p less than 0.05) the VeCO during t = 1-11 h with a peak at 3 h. Antibiotic treatment reduced this VeCO (p less than 0.05) during t = 2-8 h, but its level (peak at t = 2-3 h) was still significantly (p less than 0.05) above its nonheme control. The results confirm that bacterial degradation of heme is an important source of CO in suckling rats not pretreated with broad-spectrum antibiotics. However, oral heme feeding of gut-sterilized animals yielded transiently significantly increased VeCO. HO-mediated degradation of enteral heme is a likely nonbacterial source of CO and possibly bilirubin in the neonate.

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