Changes in the levels of ileal insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) mRNA in the rat following massive small bowel resection (MSBR) have been investigated with a sensitive S1 nuclease assay. IGF-I mRNA levels vary little over 7 days; in contrast IGFBP-3 mRNA levels decreased to one-third 7 h post-MSBR, and remained suppressed for the length of this study. We postulate that decreased ileal synthesis of IGFBP-3 enhances the ability of IGF-I to stimulate the adaptive response.
- Insulin-like growth factor
- Insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3
- Intestinal adaptation
- Massive small bowel resection