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What cells make up the villi of all three regions of the small intestine?

1. Goblet cells - secrete mucin to make mucus
2. enterocytes- microvilli to absorb/digest
3. APUD cells- (endocrine cells)

The epithelium is simple columnar epithelium


What runs in the opposite direction to the villi of the small intestines? What cells make this up?

The Crypts of Lieberkuhn made of simple columnar and regenerative cells.
Paneth cells are basal crypt cells that secrete lysozyme granules


Describe the difference between the fed and fasting motility of the small intestine.

1. Fed- segmentation with non-propogated focal contractions simultaneously at multiple levels (4-6hours post meal)

2. Fasting- MMC (migratory motor complex)
-Phase1= motor inactivity (15-30min)
-Phase 2 = intermittent, phasic, non-propagating
-Phase 3 = intense contractions


How are carbohydrates absorbed from the intestine?

Enterocytes can only absorb monosaccharides.

-Starch is broken down by salivary and pancreatic amylase to oligosaccharides.

-oligo [maltose, trehalose, lactose, sucrose] get broken down by microvillus enzymes into glucose, galactose, and fructose.

Glucose and galactose have a sodium co-transporter into the enterocyte. Fructose diffuses across the apical membrane.

Sugar enters the lamina propria into the capillary plexus and feeds to the portal vein


Describe the process by which proteins are digested,

1. Acidic stomach converts pepsinogen to pepsin which cleaves peptide bonds --> polypeptides

2. Alkaline duodenum inactivates pepsin

3. Enterokinase/enteropeptidase found in the brush border cleave trypsinogen to trypsin which activates the other pancreatic proteases [typsin, chymotrypsin, elastase, carboxypeptidase A&B]

4. Polypeptides --> oligopeptides or single AA

5. oligopeptides are broken down further by endopeptidases and exopeptidases in the microvilli of enterocytes then enter cell via active transport

6. AA enter cell via cotransport with sodium

7. Protein enters circulation via diffusion through basolateral membrane down the conc gradient AND via symporter/transporters


What are the 4 major organs involved in fat absorption?

1. Stomach
2. Pancreas
3. Intestines
4. Liver


Where does fat digestion start? What occurs in this organ?

Fat digestion begins in the stomach where:

1. gastric lipase hyprolyzes triglycerides into diglycerides and FA

2. Forceful contractions and lipolysis turn fat into a fine emulsion of fat droplets anchored with phospholipids


After fat is emulsified in the stomach into fat droplets anchored with phospholipids, what is the next step in fat absorption?

1. Pancreatic lipase (with colipase @ pH 6) hydrolyzes the emulsion into FA and monoglycerides in the intestinal lumen.

2. pancreatic esterases hydrolyze FA ester bonds of cholesterol and fat-soluble vitamins in the presence of bile salt

3. Bile acids form mixed micelles with the FA, monoglycerides and cholesterol


After pancreatic lipase made FA and monoglycerides and pancreatic esterases made mixed micelles, what is the next step of fat digestion?

FA, cholesterol and monoglycerides in micelles enter the enterocyte by passive diffusion.
A surface protein on the enterocyte facilitates the uptake of LCFAs.

In the cell LCFA and cholesterol are taken to the ER for further processing.

FED: form TAG in SER

Cholesterol is re-esterified by acyl-CoA(cholesterol acyltransferase)


In the enterocyte, cholesterol is re-esterified and triglycerides and licithin are resynthesized. What happens next?

The cholesterol ester, TAG and lecithin join with apolipoproteins are are transported out of the cell.


Where are bile salts reabsorbed?

90% are reabsorbed in the terminal ileum to reenter portal circulation where they are extracted by the liver and re-secreted in bile.


What are the best tests for a patient with malabsorption and why?

1. ferritin - iron stores
2. RBC folate
3. B12
4. Prothrombin time (dependent on vit. K which is a fat soluble vitamin)


What are the 2 forms iron is found in?
Where are they both absorbed?

What is used to measure the efficiency of iron absorption?

1. Heme iron from meat- duodenum, prox. jejunum [more efficient]

2. non-heme iron from vegetables (ingested as ferric, converted to ferrous by stomach acid so that it can be absorbed)-- duodenum

Duodenal enterocytes have high affinity for Fe.

Ferritin is iron stores in tissue. Circulating serum ferritin is an estimate of body stores and indirectly duodenal absorption


Where is folate primarily absorbed?
What is folate important for?

How is it measured?

Folate is in fruits and green vegetables. It is absorbed in the jejunum.

Folate --> tetrahydrofolate--> synthesis of nucleic acid/protein precursors

Folate and RBC folate are both used. RBC is better, but used less


Where are vit ADEK absorbed?

They are absorbed in the jejunum like dietary lipids. They are absorbed passively as chylomicrons and enter lymphatics.


What is vit A necessary for?
What do deficiencies cause?

It is necessary for cell growth and differentiation as well as rhodopsin (visual pigment).

Deficiency leads to xerophthalmia and night blindness.


What is vit D necessary for?
What do deficiencies cause?

It is necessary for calcium absorption by the small intestine.

Deficiency leads to osteomalacia, rickets, and delays in bone mineralization


What is vit E used for ?
What do deficiencies cause?

It is used in cell membranes and is an antioxidant (esp. in neuronal tissue)

Deficiency = progressive neurologic dysfunction


What is vit K used for? What would a deficiency cause?

Vit K is a cofactor in the liver for coagulation factors: 2,7,9,10 and protein C and S.

Deficiency causes clotting dysfunction and long PT


Symptoms of malabsorption generally depend on the nutrient not absorbed, however, what are some general presentations of malaborption?

1. weight loss
2. steattorhea (floating stool that smells)
3. diarrhea
4. vit deficiencies


Steatorrhea is a generalized sign of malabsorption. What are 4 places things can go wrong that would cause fat malaborption?

1. decreased pancreatic secretions
2. decreased biliary secretions
3. abnormal enterocyte processing
4. lymphatic obstruction


What malabsorption problems does pancreatic insufficiency from chronic pancreatitis cause?

1. Protein malabsorption - decreased secretion of trypsinogen, chymotrypsin, carboxypeptidase, proelastase

2. Fat malabsorption (steatorrhea) - decreased lipase/colipase

(carb malabsorption is rare because of the large reserves of amylase)


What will patients with liver disease malabsorb?

1. Lipid malabsorption- Damage to hepatocytes (cirrhosis, PBC, etc) will decrease bile formation.
Bile is only necessary for lipid absorption


What malabsorption is associated with gastric disorders?

Surgical alterations will impair mixing and the ingested food will precede the arrival of pancreatic enzymes and bile salts.
This leads to:
1. protein malabsorption
2. fat malabsorption


What is "blind loop syndrome"?

The small intestine usually has less than 10^5 bacteria (lactobacilli, enterococci, G+aerobes, facultative anaerobes). Bacterial overgrowth occurs when:
1. hypomotility
2. partial intestinal obstructon
3. diverticuli
4. decreased gastric acid secretion


How do bacteria in the lumen disrupt digestion?

1. inactivating bile acids
2. catabolizing disaccharides in microvilli
3. reducing effectiveness of enterokinase


How can you differentiate bacterial overgrowth from tropical sprue?

In bacterial overgrowth there will be:
1. B12/fat soluble vitamin deficiency
2. normal folate

In sprue there will be:
1. folate deficiency
2. B12 deficiency


What is a non-invasive test for the presence of intestinal bacterial overgrowth?
What is the treatment for bacterial overgrowth?

Test: Give patient glucose and test breath for hydrogen production.
H- = all the glucose was absorbed in the prox. small intestine (normal)

H+ = bacterial fermentation of glucose-->increased



What are the five main categories for malabsorption in the small intestine? What is the mechanism of all five?

The mechanism of all 5 is that there is a decrease in surface area for absorptioin.
1. Intestinal inflammation and villus flattening
2. Ischemia
3. Ulceration
4. Infiltration (amyloid, collagenous sprue)
5. extensive small bowel resection


What is celiac sprue? What part of the intestine is most affected? What is the first thing malabsorbed?

Celiac sprue is inflammation of the proximal small intestine in response to the gliadin component of gluten.
Most celiac sprue has no evidence of malabsorption but if there is any, it will be Fe (followed very distantly by folate).
Despite the destroyed villus, carbs, fat and proteins are still absorbed