Ricardo Castillo

Publication Details

  • ALTERED MATURATION OF SMALL INTESTINAL FUNCTION IN THE ABSENCE OF INTRALUMINAL NUTRIENTS - RAPID NORMALIZATION WITH REFEEDING AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION Castillo, R. O., Feng, J. J., Stevenson, D. K., Kwong, L. K. 1991; 53 (2): 558-561

    Abstract:

    The absence of intraluminal nutrients during weaning in rats was shown to result in altered intestinal growth and maturation. In this study intestinal length, mucosal weight, DNA, protein, and total disaccharidase activities were significantly lower in animals sustained by intravenous nutrients over the normal weaning age than were normally weaned controls but were greater than preweaning values. Absorptive capacity for sucrose (assessed by hydrogen-gas production) was diminished, directly linking incomplete maturation of sucrase to diminished intestinal function. To determine whether these alterations were permanent, rats previously deprived of intraluminal nutrients over the weaning period were refed. Eight days after refeeding, all variables except total lactase had attained values found in normally weaned age-matched controls, including absorptive capacity for sucrose. Although intestinal growth and maturation is abnormal in the absence of intraluminal nutrients during weaning, the abnormalities are not permanent and are rapidly corrected upon refeeding.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1991EU94600027

    View details for PubMedID 1899174

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