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Intestinal perfusion of dietary levels of aluminium: association with the mucosa.
  1. J J Powell,
  2. C C Ainley,
  3. R Evans,
  4. R P Thompson
  1. Gastrointestinal Laboratory, Rayne Institute, St Thomas' Hospital, London.


    An aluminium (93 microM) sulphate solution freshly adjusted to pH 7.0 was perfused through the rat small bowel to mimic the reported physiological conditions that follow dietary aluminium ingestion. One third of this aluminium was taken up from the perfusate, but > 90% of this was then recovered from the intestinal mucus/mucosa and most (> 70%) from the distal third of the small bowel. The fresh perfusate was shown by ultrafiltration to contain largely particulate/colloidal aluminium-hydroxide, and this probably adhered to intestinal mucus which may be an important barrier to the gastrointestinal absorption of aluminium.

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