Medline ® Abstract for Reference 83
Survival of human pancreatic enzymes during small bowel transit: effect of nutrients, bile acids, and enzymes.
Holtmann G, Kelly DG, Sternby B, DiMagno EP
Am J Physiol. 1997 Aug;273(2 Pt 1):G553-8.
The activity of pancreatic enzymes declines during aboral intestinal transit. We tested the hypothesis that survival of pancreatic enzyme activities during intestinal transit is affected by amounts or concentrations of calories, nutrients, bile acids, or pancreatic enzymes entering the segments of the small intestine. An oroileal tube was placed in 26 healthy humans. The tube had duodenal, jejunal, and ileal infusion ports for nonabsorbable markers and aspiration ports in the distal duodenum, distal jejunum, and distal ileum. Four infusates of different proportions of protein, fat, and carbohydrate were infused continuously into the duodenum at 40, 90, and 160 kcal/h. Of the nutrients infused into the proximal duodenum, 21 +/- 3, 51 +/- 7, and 39 +/- 5% of fat, protein, and carbohydrate, respectively, were delivered to the distal duodenum. During duodenoileal transit, lipase, chymotrypsin, amylase, and trypsin lost 71 +/- 5, 63 +/- 5, 43 +/- 7, and 38 +/- 9% of activity, respectively (P<0.01 vs. distal duodenum). During duodenojejunal transit, the activity of each enzyme decreased more than 35% (P<0.01 vs. distal duodenum), and infusion of more calories into the duodenum improved survival of all enzymes except trypsin (P<0.05). During jejunoileal transit, greater amounts and concentrations of calories and carbohydrate improved survival of only lipolytic activity (P<0.01, P<0.05, respectively), and loss of lipolytic activity correlated directly with delivery of bile acids (r = 0.56, P = 0.05) and chymotrypsin (r = 0.80, P = 0.001) to the distal jejunum. We conclude that intraluminal nutrients increase survival of enzyme activities in the proximal intestine. After absorption of nutrients, the action of chymotrypsin and bile acids decrease lipolytic activity more than activity of other enzymes.
Division of Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.