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Applied and environmental microbiology

Interaction between pectin and rat hindgut microflora.


PMID 6681695

Abstract

The contents of the lower alimentary tract from rats fed a semisynthetic, pectin-supplemented diet showed increased nitrate reductase activity and an increase in the amount of luminal contents in the intestine and cecum. Nitrate reductase activity was associated with the insoluble fraction of the gut contents which was sedimented by centrifugation (5,100 X g,20 min) and was abolished after treating the animals with streptomycin, neomycin, and bacitracin for 7 days. The pectin-dependent increase in cecal size and microbial nitrate reduction were reversed when animals were transferred from a pectin-supplemented onto a control semisynthetic diet. Polygalacturonic acid (pectic acid) was without effect on either cecal size or cecal microbial nitrate reductase activity. The studies demonstrate that pectin influences microbial metabolism in the alimentary tract.

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