Role of short-chain fatty acids in the hind gut.

Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) are produced by microbial fermentation in the hindgut in considerable amounts. Most of the anions in hindgut contents are SCFA, mainly acetate, propionate and butyrate. SCFA are rapidly absorbed. Mechanisms involved in the transepithelial transport are discussed. Besides the contribution to the overall energy metabolism of… (More)