The effects of epidermal growth factor (EGF) on neonatal intestines were examined in the rat. In 5-day-old rats, sucrase, trehalase, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (gamma-GTP) activities in the small intestines were significantly increased after subcutaneous injection of EGF for 3 days (1 microgram/rat/day). gamma-GTP activity was also accelerated after oral EGF administration (2 micrograms/rat/day). Small intestines of 12-day-old rats injected with EGF for 10 days (1 microgram/rat/day) were significantly heavier than those of controls. These results suggest that EGF influences neonatal growth improving enlargement and functional development of their intestines.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Acta medica Okayama|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)