The fetal and postnatal development of small intestinal disaccharidases in the rabbit

Lab Anim Sci. 1984 Jun;34(3):268-71.

Abstract

The development of small intestinal enzymes (lactase, acid- and hetero beta-galactosidases, cellobiase, maltase, trehalase, and sucrase) was studied from 18 days after conception until birth in 24 rabbit fetuses, and during the postnatal period in 15 newborn, juvenile, and adult rabbits. Lactase, acid- and hetero beta-galactosidases, cellobiase, and trehalase activities increased significantly during the fetal stage, while changes in sucrase and maltase activities were not substantial. In the postnatal period, lactase and cellobiase activities decreased significantly whereas maltase, sucrase, and trehalase activities increased significantly to reach adult values by 30 days of age. The acid- and hetero beta-galactosidases remained unchanged.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aging
  • Animals
  • Animals, Laboratory
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Disaccharidases / metabolism*
  • Gestational Age
  • Intestinal Mucosa / enzymology
  • Intestine, Small / enzymology*
  • Rabbits / embryology
  • Rabbits / metabolism*
  • Sucrase / metabolism
  • Trehalase / metabolism
  • alpha-Glucosidases / metabolism
  • beta-Galactosidase / metabolism

Substances

  • Disaccharidases
  • alpha-Glucosidases
  • beta-Galactosidase
  • Trehalase
  • Sucrase