Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Faecal free fatty acids in tropical sprue and their possible role in the production of diarrhoea by inhibition of ATPases.
  1. C Tiruppathi,
  2. K A Balasubramanian,
  3. P G Hill,
  4. V I Mathan


    Faecal excretion of fatty acids is increased in patients with tropical sprue because of unabsorbed dietary fatty acids. The excretion of fatty acids correlates well with faecal wet weight. In vitro unsaturated fatty acids inhibited Na K-ATPase and Mg-ATPase isolated from basolateral membranes of enterocytes and colonocytes. These findings are a possible explanation for the observed abnormalities in water and electrolyte absorption by the colon in patients with tropical sprue and steatorrhoea.

    Statistics from

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.