Resistance of adult mammalian intestinal mucosa to cytochalasin B

K. M. Mak, J. S. Trier, D. Serfilippi, R. M. Donaldson

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Cytochalasin B (CB), in concentrations previously shown to inhibit glucose and glucosamine uptake and to disrupt cytoplasmic microfilament structure in a variety of biological systems, did not alter 3-O-methyl-d-glucose, glucosamine or oleic acid uptake by adult hamster small intestinal everted rings nor did CB alter microfilament structure in the microvilli, terminal web region or apical cytoplasm of intestinal absorptive cells. Moreover, glycoprotein, protein and secretory IgA synthesis and secretion were not inhibited in rabbit intestinal mucosa cultured for 24 h in CB-containing medium. Similarly, synthesis of glycerides from freshly absorbed oleic acid by everted sacs of hamster small intestine was not inhibited by addition of CB to the oxygenated buffer used for incubation. Thus the transport and synthetic functions of adult mammalian small intestine which were examined and the fine structure of adult hamster and rabbit intestinal absorptive cells seem remarkably resistant to CB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-332
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Cell Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1974
Externally publishedYes


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