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What is the route taken by a piece of food through the gi tract?

What is the route taken by a piece of food through the gi tract?

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Study Guide—Ch. 18: Digestive Physiology


What is the route taken by a piece of food through the gi tract?



1. What are the major functions of the gastrointestinal system? What is the  distinction between the “digestive system” and the “digestive tract?” a. Process of ingesting food and delivery of nutrients to the body b. Storage and elimination of unneeded food

c. Digestive system- GI tract+ accessory organs needed for digestion d. Digestive tract- GI tract: mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine,  large intestine, rectum, anus

2. What are the overall actions and roles of the individual organs which  comprise the digestive system, and how those are integrated into fulfilling  the goal of delivering nutrition to the body?  

a. Mouth: mastication, chewing with the use of saliva which contains  mucus to begin digestion of starches

b. Esophagus: the process of swallowing and relaxing in areas as the food enters those areas to allow for transport to the stomach


What is the mixture of incoming food and gastric sections called?



c. Stomach: stores food and breaks down into smaller pieces, churns food and mixes with gastric secretions: i.e. chime. Begins protein diegestion and kills bacteria on food We also discuss several other topics like What theory maintains that eating is under the control of receptors in the bloodstream that monitor levels of glucose-the body’s primary metabolic fuel?

d. Small intestine: in charge of most digestion(carbs, proteins, fats),  absorption of nutrients; processes bile, salts, vitamins, electrolytes e. Large intestine: absorption of water, elctrolytes, vitamin K and B;  production of vitamin K and B, storage/process of feces We also discuss several other topics like Bill is in 7th grade and seems to have a lot of good friends and a lot of enemies. in which social status would he most likely be categorized?

f. Rectum/anus: excretion of feces and waste

3. Understand the functional anatomy of the gut wall—know what goes on in the mucosa, submucosa, muscle layers, and understand the overall role played  by the enteric nervous system: two separate but interconnected nerve plexes within the gut wall.  


Where does most digestion/absorption take place?



a. Mucosa- single later of epithelial cells: endocrine cells, goblet cells;  secretion, absorption Don't forget about the age old question of What is the first electronic computer?

b. Submucosa- connective tissue layer containing larger blood vessels,  lyph ducts, and submucosal plexus (meissner’s plexus) of nerves from  ENS

c. Muscularis propia-inner layer of circular muscle: affect lumen diameter. Outer layer of longitudinal muscle- affects length myenteric plexus (lies between muscle layer, controls gut motility via contraction/relaxation  of layers

d. Serosa- outer covering: connective tissue membrane continuous with  peritoneal membrane

4. Be familiar with the two major modes of regulatory signals controlling gut  function—GI hormones and neural control via both central and enteric  nervous systems. What are the general effects of sympathetic vs  parasympathetic signals? What are the two major plexuses of the enteric  nervous system—where are they located in the gut wall, which one controls  mainly secretory functions of the mucosa, and which one controls muscular  movements, i.e. motility? KNOW the roles of the following 3 major gut We also discuss several other topics like It is when the number of jobs in the labor market is lower than the number of people seeking jobs in that labor market, what is it?
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hormones: gastrin, secretin, and cholecystokinin. Where are they  produced/released? What stimulates their secretion? What are their major  actions (physiological effects)?  

a. Parasympathetic(central) stimulates digestions, absorptions,  contraction/relaxation-submucosal

b. Sympathetic(central) inhibits peristalsis and secretion, stimulate  contraction of sphincters to prevent movement

c. Hormones causes different actions of hormone to cause digestion or  inhibit digestion

d. Enteric nervous system- able to generate reflexes independently from  the CNS; if cut neural connections to cns, gut can still engage in  regulated function; located in wall of digestive tract If you want to learn more check out What is the yerkes-dodson law?

5. Understand how the intestinal epithelium renews itself, and be familiar with  the different types of epithelial cells and their respective roles. a. Rapid epithelial mitosis: slowly dividing(renewal) rapid(replacement) b. Proliferation pushes cells up(migrate up)

c. Enterocytes, enteroendocrine cells, and goblet cells

i. Once they reach the top, cells she ad are replaced

d. Paneth cells move downward-live for 20 days and the phagocytosis  occurs

6. Understand the different phases of a meal, i.e. cephalic, gastric, intestinal.  Familiarize yourself with the neural and hormonal signaling involved in each— what stimulates those signals, how they are mediated (e.g. long reflex  involving the brain, vs. local reflex mediated by the enteric nervous system,  vs hormone), what effects are triggered by those signals, and how they fit  into the overall control of digestion/absorption.

a. Cephalic-swallowing/mastication

i. mucus

b. Gastric- stomach digestion and breakdown of proteins and starch,  absorption of alcohol and aspirin

i. Pepsin, gastrin, and HCL helps to digest proteins

c. Intestinal-main place of absorption and digestion of all foods, and  intake of vitamins, salt, water, etc.

i. Pancreatic, intestinal enzymes

7. What is the route taken by a piece of food through the GI tract? a. Mouth->esophagus->stomach->small intestine-> large intestine- >rectum,anus

8. What is the function of the esophagus?

a. Transport food from the mouth to stomach

b. Soften food

9. What are the functions of the stomach? How does the role of the fundus  differ from those of the body (corpus), antrum and pylorus?

a. Cardiac-food deliverd to cardial region for esophagus

b. Fundus-storage; expands to accommodate load (receptive relaxation)  limited motility

c. Body-high motility; breaks large molicules into smaller particles; mixed  foods with secreted acid enzyme and fluid= chime

d. Pylorus-limits amount emptied, restricts size of emptied particles in  chyme

10.What is the mixture of incoming food and gastric sections called? a. chyme

11.Why is the grinding and mixing actions of the stomach important for later  enzymatic digestion?

a. It kills bacteria in the food, and allows for nutrients to be absorbed 12.What are the major secretions added to food in the stomach? a. Pepsin, gastrin, HCl, mucus

13.What digestive activity goes on in the stomach?

a. digestive

14.Why is acid secretion important, how is it stimulated, from what cells is it  secreted, and why doesn’t it digest the organ?

a. Acid is secreted from parietal cells, it helps to break, soften the food in  the stomach, the organ has layers of cells and layer of protective  mucus

b. Started by the release of other hormones

15.What is also secreted in the stomach by acid-secreting cells and how is it  important for the absorption of a key vitamin?

a. HCl- parietal cells

b. Serves as the optimal pH starter- 1-2 pH and for pepsin activity 16.What are the three major types of movements (motility) involved in both the  absorptive and postabsorptive states? Which occur between meals (i.e. in  the postabsorptive state), and which occur during the digestive process? a. Migrating myoelectric motor complex- sweeps gut clear and occurs in  postabsorptive state

b. Peristalsis- net forward movement by muscular contraction and  relaxation behind/ahead of bolus; digestive stage

c. Segmentation- mixing by simultaneously contracting both behind and  ahead of bolus; digestive stage

17.Where does most digestion/absorption take place?

a. Small intestine

18.Where are digestive secretions from the pancreas and gallbladder delivered?  What turns on these secretions during a meal (see role of gut hormones,  secretin & CCK, as specified in Q#4, above)?

a. Small intestine (duodenum)- hormones from the parasympathetic  system turn on these secretions such as secretin, CCK, GIP

19.Understand the anatomy of the intestinal epithelium. How is the absorptive  surface organized, how is it renewed, and what specific cell types comprise  the epithelial layer? What is the crypt? What is the villus? What is the brush border?

a. Duodenum->jejunm->ilium

b. Mucosa folded into villi; epithelial membrane folded into microvilli c. Stems cells layer 4-5 cells from bottom of crypt( bottom or pit beneath  the villi)

d. 2 types of stem cells: slow dividing( stem renewal cells), rapidly  dividing( epithelial replacement cells)

i. Continuous proliferation pushes cells up the vilus

e. As cells migrate differ into: enterocytes, enteroendocrine cells, goblet  cells (transition time is 3-5 days)

f. Paneth cells are at the niche of the bottom of crypt

g. Villi- consist of capillary/Epithelial cells grown out of the intestinal lining h. Brush border-microvilli foldings on epithelial cells and act as enzymes  and help break substances apart

20.What are the main functions of the large intestine?

a. Absorbs water, electrolytes, vitamins k and b

b. Production of vitamin k and b via microbial organisms

c. Storage/process feces

21.Understand the sources and fate of fluid entering the GI tract? a. Either absorbed or carried to renal system

22.Understand the essentials of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates,  protein, fat, and vitamins.

a. Carbohydrates, fats, proteins: digestion breaks polymers into monomer building blocks via hydrolysis reactions

b. Absorption takes theses monomers into the blood stream to be used by cells

c. Vitamins are enzymatically split into their component molecules by  hydrolysis

23.What are the digestion products of protein, starch and fat? What are the  major enzymes involved, and where do they come from

a. Protein: start as polypeptide chain-> amino acids, dipeptides, and  tripeptides

b. Carbohydrates: maltose, sucrose, lactose to simple sugar glucose c. Fat: emulsified and lipase(pancreas) break down fat into glycerol;  phospholipase digests phospholipids into fatty acids

24.In what form are digestive enzymes secreted from the pancreas, and how are  they activated in the lumen of the intestine?

a. Enzymes are secreted as inactive zymogens until they reach the small  intestine and activated by trypsin

25.Why is chyme entering the intestine from the stomach inhibitory to  pancreatic digestive enzyme function, and how is this inhibition overcome so  that digestion can occur? How is that achieved?

a. Liquid to dense chyme enters at different rates to prevent digestive  enzymes to break apart the wrong material

b. Also controlled by hormones

26.How is glucose absorbed? How are amino acids absorbed? Why is the  digestion/absorption/transport of fat unique; what is the role of emulsifying  agents (phospholipids, bile salts) in assisting with handling of these  hydrophobic molecules?

a. Glucose is absorbed by facilitated diffusion through glut carriers into  interstitial fluid and then cap. Blood of the villus

27.What are the events during the cephalic, gastric and intestinal phases of a  meal? How are these events controlled?

a. Cephalic: prepares stomach for arrival of food: reflex signals from  medulla via vegal fibers to stimulate submucosal plexus; vegus  stimulates acid secretion w/3 mechanisms- direct signal via arch,  indirect via histamine, indirect via gastrin

b. Gastric: enhances secretion, mix, acidify, and increase surface area of  chyme, break down proteins; 3 mechanisms- neural reflexes triggered  by stretching and rise in pH, gastrin release triggered by vagal signals,  local release of histamine(stimulates acid secretion)

c. Intestinal: acts to control gastric emptying rate, limit acid secretion,  and optimize conditions for enzymatic digestion; 2 reflexes-neural  short reflex triggered by distention of duodenum, hormonal stimulation of secretin, CCK, GIP, and presence of hydrogen

28.Understand the importance of control of gastric emptying rate in the overall  process of digestion/absorption. What factors limit this rate?

a. Regulated by intestinal signals to prevent complete emptying b. Liquids empty first, solids, slowest, also nutrient-specific control-sense  physiochemicals

29.What are chylomicrons? Why are they important for transport of fat form the  gut into the body, and what route do they take to get in? How does this differ  from the route taken by carbohydrates and protein?  

a.

30.What is the overall role of physical barriers, lumen-secreted anti-microbial  agents, and the mucosal immune system in protecting from invasion by  pathogens?

a. Mucosal barrier prevents bacterial from entering cells and being  absorbed into blood stream

b. Defensins fight against the antigens that try to enter barrier 31.Know the following terms: digestion, absorption, motility, peristalsis,  segmentation, migrating myoelectric complex, duodenum, jejunum, ileum,  mucosa, submucosa, muscularis propria, enteric nervous system (ENS),  submucosal plexus, myenteric plexus, gallbladder, acinar cells, exocrine  secretion, chyme, pepsinogen/pepsin, intrinsic factor, enterochromaffin-like  cells, histamine, parietal cells, chief cells, G cells, gastrin, villus, crypt,  microvilli, enterocyte, goblet cell, paneth cell, enteroendocrine cell, brush  border, lamina propria, peristalsis, migrating myoelectric complex,  segmentation, zymogen, amylase, trypsin, trypsinogen, CCK, secretin,  emulsification, bile acid (salt), enterohepatic circulation, lipase,  enteropeptidase, disaccharidase, triglyceride, fatty acid, chylomicron,  defensin, secondary active transport, intrinsic factor, cephalic pahse, gastric  phase, intestinal phase, gastrocolic reflex, Peyer’s parches, follicular associated epithelium (FAE), M cells, cytokines

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