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Electromyographic events in the stomach and small intestine of a small kangaroo, the Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii)

Richardson, K.C. and Wyburn, R.S. (1983) Electromyographic events in the stomach and small intestine of a small kangaroo, the Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii). The Journal of Physiology, 342 (1). pp. 453-463.

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Abstract

The extracellular electrical activity of the stomach and small intestine of a macropodid marsupial was studied using chronically implanted bipolar electrodes. Recordings from the elongate, tubular, haustrated stomach showed triphasic slow waves with a frequency of 5.5/min, an amplitude of 120 microV and an aborad propagation rate of 3 mm/sec. Action potentials were recorded only from the pylorus. These occurred as bursts of six to fourteen consecutive spikes. Shortly after the period of regular spike activity occurred in the adjacent duodenum action potentials in the pylorus ceased, leaving only the slow wave present for up to 20 min. Both slow waves and action potentials were recorded from the small intestine. There was no decrease in the frequency of the slow wave from the duodenum to the ileum. The slow wave frequency was 26/min on the duodenum and 25/min on the ileum. These frequencies were not affected by fasting the animals. Migrating myoelectric complex activity of the small intestine comprising three distinct electrical patterns, occurred at regular intervals. This was only slightly affected by feeding.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary Studies
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: © 1983 The Physiological Society
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/38793
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