The enteric nervous system is not essential for the propulsion of gut contents in fetal mice

Anderson, R. B.; Enomoto, H.; Bornstein, J. C.; Young, H. M.
October 2004
Gut;Oct2004, Vol. 53 Issue 10, p1546
Academic Journal
This article presents information about Hirschsprung's disease. It is a congenital disorder, in which enteric neurones are absent fro variable lengths of the terminal region of the bowel. In this article, researchers first examined the progression of intestinal contents in fetal wild-type mice. As the wall of the fetal mouse gut is transparent and bile pigment is yellow, location of bile can be readily observed. Data shows that enteric neurones are not required for the anally directed propulsion of gut contents in fetal mice.


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