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Electrical Activity of the Intestine

  • R. J. C. Barry
  • Jacqueline Eggenton
Part of the Biomembranes book series (B, volume 4B)

Abstract

Bioelectric phenomena have been observed in many absorptive epithelia and are related to the transport activities and permeability characteristics of these tissues. The intestine is an epithelial tissue which is involved in the net transfer of both solutes and water from its lumen, and its electrical activity can be related to its absorptive functions. Early work in the frog demonstrated the existence of a small potential difference across the wall of the small intestine [1, 2]. A somewhat larger transmural electrical gradient was obtained from amphibian large intestine [3, 4]. However, a more intensive study of the, bioelectric properties of the intestine did not really begin until the 1960’s when a number of groups initiated comprehensive investigations into the nature of the electrical activity and its relationship to the absorptive functions of the various regions of the intestine.

Keywords

Small Intestine Electrical Activity Intestinal Epithelial Cell Diffusion Potential Short Circuit Current 
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  • R. J. C. Barry
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Eggenton
    • 1
  1. 1.The UniversitySheffieldUK

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