Pectin improves colonic function in rat short bowel syndrome. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Pectin improves colonic function in rat short bowel syndrome.
J Surg Res. 1995 Feb;58(2):240-6. PMID: 7861779
Short bowel syndrome is characterized by weight loss, diarrhea, and malabsorption. Pectin, a highly fermentable fiber, improves small and large bowel mucosal structure, prolongs intestinal transit, and decreases diarrhea. This study determined if the addition of citrus pectin to an enteral liquid diet (LD) improved structure and absorptive function in the rat jejunum and colon following massive intestinal resection. Twenty-one male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent placement of gastrostomy tube for isocaloric, isonitrogenous feeding and either 60% small bowel and cecal resection or small bowel transection with anastomosis. Animals in each group were then randomly and equally assigned to receive either LD (Enercal Plus, Wyeth) or LD supplemented with 2% citrus pectin for 7 days. Study variables included body weight change, percentage of stool solidity, jejunal villous height (JVH) and crypt depth, colonic crypt depth (CCD), and colonic short-chain fatty acid content (SCFA). Jejunal [14C]glucose absorption and colonic [3H]H2O absorption were measured by a dual in vivo perfusion assay. Resection significantly (P < 0.05) decreased body weight, stool solidity, and colonic SCFA content; enlarged structure (JVH, CCD); and increased absorptive function in the remaining bowel. Pectin significantly decreased (P < 0.05) body weight loss, increased (P < 0.05) stool solidity, and improved (P = 0.05) colonic water absorption following resection without significantly altering mucosal structure. It is concluded that pectin improves colonic absorptive function following massive bowel resection in the rat.