The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 299–305 | Cite as

Absorption of glucose and galactose from the small intestine of hypophysectomized rats

  • Eli Havivi
  • Ruven Levitan


The effect of hypophysectomy on glucose and galactose absorption from the small bowel was studied in young rats. In vitro studies were performed on intestinal rings, and in vivo studies were done on jejunal loops. Glucose and galactose absorption was found to be increased in hypophysectomized rats, both in vitro and in vivo, 5 days after hypophysectomy, but these levels returned to the control range 11 days after surgery. Conversion of glucose-1-14C to14CO2, by small bowel rings obtained from hypophysectomized rats 5 days after surgery, was found to be enhanced. These observations suggest that, soon after hypophysectomy, glucose is metabolized at a higher rate by the intestine.


Public Health Glucose Small Intestine Small Bowel Galactose 
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© Hoeber Medical Division • Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eli Havivi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ruven Levitan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.From the Gastroenterology Research LaboratoryNew England Medical Center HospitalsBoston
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineTufts University School of MedicineBoston
  3. 3.the Section of GastroenterologyVeterans Administration West Side Hospital, The Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, University of Illinois Medical CenterChicago

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