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Digestive flexibility in females of the subterranean rodent ctenomys talarum in their natural habitat.
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PMID:  21370482     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
We studied the occurrence of digestive strategies at different levels in females of the subterranean herbivorous rodent Ctenomys talarum living in their natural habitat. We determined the dimensions of different parts of the gastrointestinal tract and organs along as the activity of key digestive enzymes(sucrase, maltase and N-aminopeptidase) in small intestine in females seasonally caught. Females of C. talarum did not show seasonal variations in the mass of the different parts of the gastrointestinal tract. In nonreproductive females large intestine was longer in autumn, whereas reproductive females did not show seasonal variations in the length of the different parts of the gut. Females of C. talarum exhibited a high sucrose, maltase and N-aminopeptidase activity in small intestine, although these activities were higher in small intestine of females caught in autumn (nonreproductive) than in females caught in winter (reproductive). The results show that C. talarum females exhibit characteristics in the gut at the morphological and biochemical level, which could represent digestive strategies to face the constraints imposed by their costly particular way of life. J. Exp. Zool. 315:141-148, 2011. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Juana C Del Valle; Alejandra A López Mañanes
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental zoology. Part A, Ecological genetics and physiology     Volume:  315     ISSN:  1932-5231     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Zool A Ecol Genet Physiol     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
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Created Date:  2011-03-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101297745     Medline TA:  J Exp Zool A Ecol Genet Physiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company.
Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina.
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