Several Compartments Involved in Intestinal Transport

  • M. Gilles-Baillien
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Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


Historically intestinal transport processes were first approached by studies performed in loops in vivo and in situ but very rapidly by means of in vitro techniques. Incubation of rings of intestine and of everted sacs has allowed to establish some concepts in the field of intestinal absorption which are still valid nowadays. In after years, a definitive taking-off in intestinal transport studies was observed by the use of Ussing chambers as experimental tool. Indeed investigation carried out with preparations of isolated intestinal epithelium has led to a better knowledge of the part played by the mucosa itself in absorption processes. Progressively greater interest was taken in the secretion processes at work at the level of the isolated mucosa. Indeed from the evaluation of transepithelial fluxes and electrical properties of the intestinal epithelium, useful informations have been provided and will still be provided, allowing to forge the scheme of intestinal function and of its regulation.


Goblet Cell Intestinal Epithelium Paneth Cell Mucus Layer Compartmental Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Gilles-Baillien
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  1. 1.Laboratory of General and Comparative BiochemistryUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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