Trophic Action of Gastrointestinal Hormones

The gastrointestinal hormones gastrin, cholecystoki-nin, and secretin are recognized to possess trophic properties in that they are responsible for maintaining the cell populations of their target tissues. In the case of gastrin, the tissue in question is the gastric mucosa but also the intestinal mucosa; cholecystoki-nin and secretin are trophic for pancreatic acinar tissue.

See also: Carbohydrates: Chemistry and Classification. Colon: Structure and Function; Disorders; Nutritional Management of Disorders. Lipids: Chemistry and Classification. Protein: Digestion and Bioavailability. Small Intestine: Disorders. Sodium: Physiology. Stomach: Structure and Function; Disorders.

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