chapter  11
16 Pages

Regulation of Intestinal Mucosal Growth

ByGary M. Levine

Intestinal absorption of nutrients and conservation of fluid and electrolytes are crucial in order to maintain homeostasis. The small and large intestinal epithelium is required to adapt to a variable diet and feeding frequency so that the organism may be capable of rapidly responding to an ever changing environment. The purpose of this chapter will be to describe the mechanism regulating mucosal structure and function in the adult animal.