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Regulation of Energy Balance in the Golden Hamster

  • Katarina T. Borer


This selective review of structure and function of hamster gastrointestinal tract is presented on the assumption that peculiarities of this system hold the clue to peculiarities of hamster feeding and energy regulation. Where information on the golden hamster was not available, data from closely related species are substituted. The hamster gastrointestinal tract is outlined in Fig. 1. Not shown in Fig. 1 are the mouth region with cheek pouches and salivary glands. Hamsters have internal cheek pouches as do some squirrels, three other genera of true hamsters, and three genera of African Muridae and African gerbil. They use pouches to transport food. Pouches are highly vascular and can be used as a site for endocrine gland homografts (Handler and Shepro, 1968).


Brown Adipose Tissue Somatic Growth Golden Hamster Septal Lesion Intermittent Fasting 
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  • Katarina T. Borer
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  1. 1.Department of KinesiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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