The migrating motor complex: control mechanisms and its role in health and disease

@article{Deloose2012TheMM,
  title={The migrating motor complex: control mechanisms and its role in health and disease},
  author={Eveline Deloose and Pieter Janssen and Inge Depoortere and Jan Tack},
  journal={Nature Reviews Gastroenterology \&Hepatology},
  year={2012},
  volume={9},
  pages={271-285}
}
The migrating motor complex (MMC) is a cyclic, recurring motility pattern that occurs in the stomach and small bowel during fasting; it is interrupted by feeding. The MMC is present in the gastrointestinal tract of many species, including humans. The complex can be subdivided into four phases, of which phase III is the most active, with a burst of contractions originating from the antrum or duodenum and migrating distally. Control of the MMC is complex. Phase III of the MMC with an antral… 

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