In vivo immediate early gene expression induced in intestinal and colonic mucosa by feeding

Peter R. Holt, Raymond N. DuBois

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Since the gut responds rapidly to food intake, the levels of expression of several immediate early genes were measured in mucosa from small and large intestine of rats starved for 3 days or refed. Within 1 h of refeeding, jejunal and ileal c-fos, jun B and zif/268 mRNA and colonil zif/268 dramatically increased. The zif/268 gene in jejunum corresponded in size to the full-length cDNA but. in ileum, an RNA band of about 1.2 kb in size increased greatly after feeding. This represents a physiologic in vivo model for the study of gene regulation associated with intestinal epithelial cellular responses to feeding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-104
Number of pages3
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Aug 5 1991



  • Gene activation
  • Immediate early gene: Intestinal gene regulation
  • Refeeding
  • Starvation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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