Mucin changes in ileoanal pouches monitored by metabolic labelling and histochemistry

Br J Surg. 1992 Nov;79(11):1209-12. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800791139.


The pattern of mucin synthesis and secretion in mucosal biopsies from the proximal ileum, distal ileum, rectum and pouch before and after ileostomy closure was monitored in patients undergoing restorative proctocolectomy by metabolic labelling with [3H]glucosamine and [35S]sulphate and compared with the mucin histochemistry in each patient. Metabolic labelling clearly demonstrated a reduction in sulphation associated with the rectal mucosa in colitis. Significant differences in the turnover of isolated secreted mucin between proximal and distal ileum and rectum were also found, as was a metaplastic change towards a colonic-type mucosa in the pouch before and after ileostomy closure relative to the proximal and distal ileum, and rectum. This technique can be used to monitor colonic metaplasia in the pouch mucosa and is suitable for comparative studies where mucin changes are implicated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Histocytochemistry
  • Humans
  • Ileum / metabolism*
  • Ileum / pathology
  • Ileum / surgery
  • Intestinal Mucosa / metabolism
  • Intestinal Mucosa / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mucins / metabolism*
  • Organ Culture Techniques
  • Proctocolectomy, Restorative*
  • Rectum / metabolism*
  • Rectum / pathology
  • Rectum / surgery


  • Mucins