Structural flexibility of the intestine of Burmese python in response to feeding.

  title={Structural flexibility of the intestine of Burmese python in response to feeding.},
  author={J Matthias Starck and Kathleen Beese},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={204 Pt 2},
The small intestine of Burmese pythons, Python molurus bivittatus, undergoes a remarkable size increase shortly after feeding. We studied the dynamics, reversibility and repeatability of organ size changes using noninvasive imaging techniques. We employed light and electron microscopy, flow cytometry and immunohistology to study the cytological mechanisms that drive the size changes of the small intestine. Within 2 days of feeding, the size of the small intestine increased to up to three times… CONTINUE READING
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