The time-course of changes in mucosal architecture and epithelial cell production and cell shedding in the small intestine of the rat fed after fasting.


Rats were starved for 3 days, then either allowed access to food or continued in starvation. The following measurements on the upper jejunum were made on groups of refed and starved rats at nine time intervals after refeeding: villus height, crypt depth, crypt/villus ration, rate of cell production per crypt, and number of epithelial cells shed per villus… (More)


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