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A comparative immunohistochemical study of endocrine cells in the digestive tract of two frugivorous bats: Artibeus cinerius and Sturnira lilium.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18068220     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of the present study was to examine the serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT), gastrin (GAS), cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon (GLUC) endocrine cells in the gastrointestinal tract of frugivorous Phillostomidae bats, Sturnira lilium and Artibeus cinerius, to clarify the correlation between distribution of cell types and their relative frequency, with feeding habits. Five portions of the gastrointestinal tract--fundus, pilorus, and three parts of the intestine, I, II and III--were examined. Most of the immunoreactive cells in the stomach and intestine were of triangular, oval or piriform shape. Serotonin-immunoreactive cells were most commonly found in the S. lilium intestine I (66.6+/-9.9) and the A. cinerius intestine III (35+/-18). Gastrin-immunoreactive cells were the most abundant cell type in the pyloric glands of both species. They were more numerous in A. cinerius (126.9+/-27.4) than in S. lilium (75.8+/-1.8). CCK-immunoreactive cells were found in the alimentary tract epithelia at moderate frequencies in both species. GLUC-immunoreactive cells were detected at very low or low frequencies. This study suggests that there is a correlation between endocrine cell distribution and frequency, and the feeding habits of the bats.
Clarice Machado Dos Santos; Aparecida Alves Do Nascimento; Adriano Lucio Peracchi; Daniela Dias; Thatiana Paz Ribeiro; Armando Sales
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-12-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta histochemica     Volume:  110     ISSN:  0065-1281     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Histochem.     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-10     Completed Date:  2008-06-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370320     Medline TA:  Acta Histochem     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  134-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Postgraduate Program in Animal Biology, Animal Biology Department, UFRRJ, Seropédica, RJ, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Enteroendocrine Cells / immunology,  metabolism*
Feeding Behavior
Gastrointestinal Tract / cytology*
Immune Sera / immunology
Immunohistochemistry / veterinary
Peptide Hormones / immunology,  metabolism
Serotonin / immunology,  metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Immune Sera; 0/Peptide Hormones; 50-67-9/Serotonin

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