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Am J Physiol. 1999 Mar;276(3):G737-42. doi: 10.1152/ajpgi.1999.276.3.G737.

Evidence for an anion exchange mechanism for uptake of conjugated bile acid from the rat jejunum.

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Department of Medicine, Christian-Albrechts University, 24105 Kiel, Germany. andree.amelsberg@bc.boehringer-ingelheim.com

Abstract

Absorption of conjugated bile acids from the small intestine is very efficient. The mechanisms of jejunal absorption are not very well understood. The aim of this study was to clarify the mechanism of absorption of conjugated bile acid at the apical membrane of jejunal epithelial cells. Brush-border membrane vesicles from intestinal epithelial cells of the rat were prepared. Absorption of two taurine-conjugated bile acids that are representative of endogenous bile acids in many variate vertebrate species were studied. In ileal, but not jejunal brush-border membrane vesicles, transport of conjugated bile acids was cis-stimulated by sodium. Transport of conjugated bile acids was trans-stimulated by bicarbonate in the jejunum. Absorption of conjugated dihydroxy-bile acids was almost twice as fast as of trihydroxy-bile acids. Coincubation with other conjugated bile acids, bromosulfophthalein, and DIDS, as well as by incubation in the cold inhibited the transport rate effectively. Absorption of conjugated bile acids in the jejunum from the rat is driven by anion exchange and is most likely an antiport transport.

PMID:
10070051
DOI:
10.1152/ajpgi.1999.276.3.G737
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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