Refeeding of fasting rats stimulates epithelial cell proliferation in the excluded colon.

The major postprandial factors known to influence epithelial cell proliferation in the colon are intraluminal factors. In this study, a transverse colostomy was created in rats in order to avoid the intraluminal stimulation of the distal colon after feeding. After a 48-h fasting period, the animals were refed whereas controls were kept fasted. Refed animals… (More)