Amino Acid Absorption through Intestinal Epithelium

  • D. H. Smyth
Conference paper


The main problems of amino acid transfer through the intestinal epithelium are the following:
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    the movement of hydrophilic substances through a lipid barrier,

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    the high degree of specificity which is involved in this process, and

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    the fact that movement of amino acids involves utilization of cellular energy and can take place against a concentration gradient.



Intestinal Epithelium Transfer System Amino Acid Absorption Great Affinity Carrier System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. H. Smyth
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  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of SheffieldSheffield 10England

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