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The ratio of pepsinogen I to pepsinogen II in the circulation decreases progressively with increasing severity of atrophic gastritis of the fundic gland mucosa. Fasting blood was obtained from 359 free-living and institutionalized elderly people (age range, 60 to 99 years). A pepsinogen I/pepsinogen II ratio less than 2.9, indicating atrophic gastritis, was(More)
The effects of GATA-4, -5, and -6, hepatocyte nuclear factor-1 alpha (HNF-1 alpha) and -beta, and Cdx-2 on the rat and human lactase-phlorizin hydrolase (LPH) and human sucrase-isomaltase (SI) promoters were studied using transient cotransfection assays in Caco-2 cells. GATA factors and HNF-1 alpha were strong activators of the LPH promoters, whereas HNF-1(More)
GATA-4, -5, and -6 zinc finger and hepatocyte nuclear factor-1alpha (HNF-1alpha) homeodomain transcription factors are expressed in the intestinal epithelium and synergistically activate the promoter of intestinal genes. Here, we demonstrate that GATA-5 and HNF-1alpha physically associate both in vivo and in vitro and that this interaction is necessary for(More)
Cdx-2 is an intestine-specific homeodomain-containing transcription factor that activates the promoters of intestinal genes through specific interactions with the consensus, TTTAT/C. Here, we demonstrate that Cdx-2 interacts with the lactase-phlorizin hydrolase (LPH) promoter at cis-element (CE)-LPH1a (-54 to -40 bp) as well as the LPH TATA-box. Affinity(More)
To gain insight into the postnatal growth delay induced by ethanol in utero, we characterized functional impairments of the small intestine of neonatal rats prenatally exposed to ethanol using a well-described model of gestational alcoholism (25% ethanol w/v in the drinking water). Expression of the intestinal enzymes-lactase-phlorizin hydrolase (LPH) and(More)
Sucrase-isomaltase (SI), an intestine-specific gene, is induced in the differentiated small intestinal villous epithelium during the suckling-weaning transition in mice. We have previously identified cis-acting elements within a short evolutionarily conserved SI promoter. However, the nature and profile of expression of the interacting proteins have not(More)
We studied the relationships of supplemental and total vitamin A and supplemental vitamin E intake with fasting plasma biochemical indicators of vitamin A and vitamin E nutritional status among 562 healthy elderly people (aged 60-98 y) and 194 healthy young adult (aged 19-59 y) volunteers. All subjects were nonsmokers. For the young adults, plasma retinol(More)
In many mammalian species, the intestinal epithelium undergoes major changes that allow a dietary transition from mother's milk to the adult diet at the end of the suckling period. These complex developmental changes are the result of a genetic programme intrinsic to the gut tube, but its regulators have not been identified. Here we show that(More)
Gata4, a member of the zinc finger family of GATA transcription factors, is highly expressed in duodenum and jejunum but is nearly undetectable in distal ileum of adult mice. We show here that the caudal reduction of Gata4 is conserved in humans. To test the hypothesis that the regional expression of Gata4 is critical for the maintenance of jejunal-ileal(More)
Lactase-phlorizin hydrolase (LPH) and sucrase-isomaltase (SI) are intestinal microvillus membrane hydrolases that play important roles in carbohydrate digestion. Although the expression of these enzymes during postnatal development has been characterized, the effect of old age on disaccharidase activity is poorly understood. In the present investigation, we(More)