The Journal of Biochemistry
Online ISSN : 1756-2651
Print ISSN : 0021-924X
Circadian Rhythms of Digestive Enzymes in the Small Intestine of the Rat
II. Effects of Fasting and Refeeding
Masayuki SAITOEiko MURAKAMITeruo NISHIDAYoshiki FUJISAWAMasami SUDA
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1976 年 80 巻 3 号 p. 563-568

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The effects of fasting were examined on the rhythmic changes in the activities of maltase [EC 3.2.1.20] and leucine aminopeptidase [EC 3.4. 11. 1] in the small intestine of rats which has been kept under scheduled feeding conditions. Irrespective of whether the rats had been kept on a daytime or nighttime feeding schedule, the rhythms of maltase and leucine aminopeptidase persisted when the animals were starved. However, the amplitude of the leucine aminopeptidase rhythm began to decrease from the first day of fasting, while that of maltase did not. Conspicuous rhythms persisted for at least 2 days during fasting, but they gradually became vague and disappeared after 5 days. When rats were refed after fasting, the leucine aminopeptidase activity increased within a few hours, but the maltase activity did not. It is suggested that the rhythms of the digestive enzymes in the small intestine of rats are not a direct consequence of food intake, but are triggered off by the anticipatory mechanism which operates when rats expect to be fed. The rhythmic change of leucine aminopeptidase seemed to be intensifed by food intake.

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