Bile Acid Metabolism

  • Jorge J. Gumucio
  • William F. Balistreri
  • Fred J. Suchy


Transport and metabolism of bile acids by the liver have been the subject of several recent reviews.1–3 In this chapter, however, the problem is analyzed in a different context. An attempt is made to integrate the development of these functions in the fetal and newborn liver with the transport and metabolic regulation of bile acids observed in the adult liver. Moreover, these processes are analyzed in the context of the functional heterogeneity of the hepatic parenchyma observed in both the fetal and the adult liver. While significant progress has been made recently in this area, the available data are still scarce. Many more questions can be raised than answers given in dealing with the transport and metabolism of bile acids by the functional units of the fetal liver or by the zones of the adult hepatic acinus. We hope this review will stimulate research in these areas.


Bile Acid Cholic Acid Enterohepatic Circulation Bile Acid Synthesis Bile Acid Metabolism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge J. Gumucio
    • 1
  • William F. Balistreri
    • 2
  • Fred J. Suchy
    • 2
  1. 1.Veterans Administration HospitalUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Children’s HospitalUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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