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High paracellular nutrient absorption in intact bats is associated with high paracellular permeability in perfused intestinal segments
Journal of Experimental Biology
Water-soluble nutrients are absorbed by the small intestine via transcellular and paracellular mechanisms. Based on a few previous studies, the capacity for paracellular nutrient absorption seems greater in flying mammals than in nonflying mammals, but there has been little investigation of the mechanisms driving this difference. Therefore, we studied three species each of bats (Artibeus lituratus, Sturnira lilium and Carollia perspicillata) and nonflying mammals (Akodon montensis, Mus musculusdoi:10.1242/jeb.104927 pmid:25104759 fatcat:vau6uog2ffa43mpeatx6lukjm4