Comparison of human jejunal and ileal fat absorption by electron microscopy

C M SurawiczC E Rubin


Morphologic and physiologic experiments in rodents have demonstrated differences between jejunal and ileal fat absorption. Compared with the rat jejunum, absorbed lipid particles within rat ileal absorptive cells are larger and exit at a slower rate. To evaluate the relevance of these observations to humans, we studied jejunal and ileal ultrastructure in 3 volunteers, each of whom had an intact small intestine and an ileostomy postcolectomy for ulcerative colitis. Proximal jejunal biopsy specimens were obtained via a hydraulic tube after an overnight fast and again after a 20-min intrajejunal lipid infusion. On a separate day, terminal ileal biopsy specimens were taken via the stoma with a small steerable suction biopsy tube after an overnight fast and again after a 20-min intraileal infusion of the same lipid mixture. One volunteer underwent biopsy after a 60-min ileal infusion of a digested meal of higher lipid content. Electron microscopy of fasting human jejunal absorptive cells revealed obvious smooth endoplasmic reticulum in the extreme apical region beneath the terminal web; very low density lipoprotein particles were observed within smooth endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi cisternae. In contrast, fasting human ileal absor...Continue Reading


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