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Summer 2012 BIOL 2402 Wages

What are the functions of the digestive system?

To obtain nutrients, water, vitamins and electrolytes needed for energy production, growth & repair.

What are the 2 divisions of the digestive system?

alimentary canal and accessory structures

What structures are in the alimentary canal?

mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine.

What structures are in the accessory structures?

teeth, tongue, gallbladder, salivary glands, liver, pancreas

What are the 6 digestive processes?

ingestion, propulsion, mechanical digestion, chemical digestion, absorption, defecation.

What is ingestion?

The only activity that is completely voluntary. Taking in food.

What is propulsion?

Begins with deglutition (swallowing) which initially is voluntary then peristalsis takes over.

What is mechanical digestion?

Physically breaking down the foodstuff. Chewing, stomach churning and segmentation in the small intestine.

What is chemical digestion?

Chemical bonds are broken using enzymes.

What is absorption?

Moving nutrients from the gut to the bloodstream (water soluble) or lymphatic system (fat soluble).

What is defecation?

The elimination of indigestible material as feces.

What are the 4 layers of the gut wall. Specifically in the small intestines.

Mucosa, submucosa, muscularis externa, serosa

What does the mucosa protect and function as?

The mucosa lines the gut and functions in secretion and absorption.

What are the 3 sublayers of the mucosa?

epithelium, lamina propria, muscularis mucosae

What is the epithelium of the mucosa consist of?

simple columnar epithelium with goblet cells (produce mucus) and enteroendocrine cells (produce hormones).

What is the lamina propria contain?

Made of loose c.t. containing the ends of nerves, capillaries, and lymphatic vessels.

What is the muscularis mucosae?

Thin layer of muscle.

What does the submucosa consist of and it's function?

Layer of dense c.t. containing blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, and epith glands. Has extensive vascular system to transport absorbed materials.

What does the muscularis exererna consist of and it's function?

Responsible for motility for peristalsis. Made of skeletal muscle at both ends of gut, smooth muscle in between.

What does the serosa consist of and it's function?

Layer of loos (areolar) c.t. covered by simple squamous epith.
Forms part of the peritoneum, layer of tissue lining the ab cavity
Above diaphragm the lining is fibrous c.t. - adventitia

What does the enteric nervous system regulate?

motility, secretions, and blood flow of the digestive system.

The enteric nervous system are composed of what 2 networks that are pare of the parasympathetic n.s.?

Submucosal nerve plexus.
Myenteric nerve plexus.

What does the submucosal nerve plexus regulate?

It is sensory and motor.
Regulates the glands & smooth muscles in the mucosa.

What does the myenteric nerve plexus control?

Controls peristalsis.

What does the lesser omentum cover?

Mesenteric tissue extending from the stomach up to liver.

What does the greater omentum cover?

Layer of fat. Hangs down from the stomach that covers the intestines.

What does the omenta contain?

Lymphatic vessels with a large number of lymph nodes and help prevent infection in the peritoneal cavity.

What are the names of the salivary glands?

Parotid, Submandibular, and sublingual.

What are the functions of the salivary glands?

Cleans the mouth
Contains lysozyme - digestive
Lubricates food
Dissolves food
Contains IgA - lines digestive tract
Contains salivary amylast - b/d starch
Contains lingual lipase - b/d lipids

How many deciduous teeth are there?

20 teeth

How many permanent teeth are there?

32 teeth

Enamel covers what part of the tooth?


Which teeth are sharp and used for cutting, to bite off a piece of food?


Which teeth are more pointed teeth to puncture and shred food?


Which teeth are flat, broad surface for grinding and chewing food?

Bicuspids and molars

What is another name for the throat?


The tube that connects the pharynx to the stomach?


What are the inner lining of the stomach that have creases called?

Rugae - stretch out as the stomach fills.

What are the 4 regions of the stomach?

Cardiac - esophagus goes into stomach
Fundic - dome-shaped upper portion
Body - bulk of stomach
Pyloric - narrow pouch at the end

What is the stomach lined with?

simple columnar epith

The simple columnar epithelium in the stomach are made of what?

mucous cells that produce alkaline mucus

What are the 4 secretory cells of the gastric glands?

chief cells
parietal cells
mucous neck cells
enteroendocrine cells

What is the most common secretory cell?

chief cell

What does the chief cell produce?

Gastric lipase

What does the parietal cells produce/secrete?

Secrete HCl & intrinsic factory for B12 absorption.

What does the mucous neck cells produce?

Acidic mucus that lines the stomach in the neck region of the glands.

What does the enteroendocrine cells produce?

hormones that regulate digestion such as
gastrin, serotonin, cholecystokinin

What are the 3 segments of the small intestines?

Duodenum, jejunum, ileum

Which segment of the small intestine comes directly off the stomach?

Duodenum - with ducts coming from liver & pancreas.

What segment is the middle part of the small intestines?


What segment is the lower part of the small intestines that attaches to large intestines?


What are the adaptations of the small intestines to increase surface area?

Highly coiled
Circular folds - plicae
Villi - fingerlike projections
Microvilli - projections off of the apical membrane (called brush border)

What are the major brush border enzymes?

maltase, sucrase, lactase - digest CHOs
aminopeptidase & dipeptidase - digest proteins

Ileum enters from the side of the large intestines through which valve?

Ileocecal valve

What are the 3 major structures of the large intestine?

cecum-contains vermiform appendix
colon-contains ascending, transverse, descending & sigmoid colon
rectum-Muscular for defecation & last inch is vascular anal canal.

What is the largest gland in body?

liver - exocrine gland

What are the functional cells in liver?


What are the functions of the liver?

Produce bile, makes & stores glycogen, makes NE amino acids, turns ammonia to urea, makes plasma proteins, builds up & breaks down triglycerides, phospholipids, and cholesterol, detoxifies poisons, stores fat soluble vitamins (A,E,K,D) and recycles hemoglobin

The right and left hepatic duct from what?

Common hepatic duct

Which duct comes off of the common hepatic duct going to the gallbladder?

cystic duct

Which duct is below the cystic duct and goes into the small intestines?

bile duct

What is the function of the bile?

Stores and concentrates bile from the liver
Contains bile salts - emulsify fats

The pancreatic duct joins the bile duct forming what?

duodenal ampulla - empties into duodenum

What are the 2 main components in pancreatic juices?

NaHCO3 - buffers chyme & balances the gastric juices from the stomach.
Digestive enzymes

What are the main digestive enzymes?

All of these are secreted in inactive form and contain -gen at the end of the word.

What hormones stimulate secretion?

Secretin, Cholecystokinin, Gastrin

What is secretin?

From enteroendocrine cells of duodenum
Release stimulated by acid in the duodenum.
Stimulates pancrease to release bicarbonate-rich pancreatic juice
Stimulate liver to release bile salts.

What is cholecystokinin?

Stimulated by protein and fat ingestion from duodenum.
Stimulates release of enzyme-rich pancreatic juice
Stimulates contraction of gallbladder forcing out bile

What is gastrin?

From the G cells in pyloric glands
Stimulates release of HCl & intrinsic factor from parietal cells.

What are enzymes?

Proteins that catalyze reaction to speed up digestion.

What are digestive enzymes?

Hydrolases that break down substances by adding water.

Enzymes are specific to what?

Reactions they catalyze due to binding to a specific substrate forming an enzyme-substrate complex

What is diffusion?

Requires no energy; always from high to low concentration.

What is osmosis?

Diffusion of whater from high to low concentration.

What is simple diffusion?

no carrier, from high to low concentration

What is facilitated diffusion?

needs a carrier, from high to low concentration.

What is active transport?

Energy and carrier required from low to high concentration.

What is the general formula for CHOs?

1C: 2H: 1O

Examples of polysaccharides.


Examples of disaccharides.


Examples of monosaccharides


What is the job of salivary amylase?

Breaks down starch down to short glucose chains

What is the job of pancreatic amylase?

Quickly breaks the short glucose chains to the disaccharide maltose.

What is the job of maltase?

Brush border enzyme that hydrolyzes maltose to 2 glucoses.

What are the 2 brush border enzymes that breakdown sucrose and lactose to monosaccharides?


Sucrose can be broken down into what?

glucose and fructose

Lactose can be broken down into what?

glucose and galactose

How is fructose absorbed?

facilitated diffusion

How are glucose and galactose absorbed?

They are cotransported with sodium across the apical membrane.
Facilitated diffusion is used to get them across the basal membrane.

How is glucose moved across the apical membrane?

Solvent drag - dissolved in water

What breaks down proteins to amino acids?


How do proteases break down proteins?

Breaking the peptide bonds between amino acides.

What shortens the amino chains

Trypsin and chymotrypsin

What does HCl do to protein in the stomach?

Breaks down the c.t. around the muscle to allow enzyme access.

Protein digestion begins where?

In the stomach with the enzyme pepsin.

How is protein digestion finished

Using 3 brush border enzymes: Carboxypeptidase, Aminopeptidase, Dipeptidase

What does Carboxypeptidase remove?

Amino acids from the carboxy end (-COOH)

What does the Aminopeptidase remove?

Amino acids from the amino end (-NH2)

What does the Dipeptidase break apart?


How are amino acids absorbed?

Being cotransported with Na+ using active transport across the apical membrane
Then facilitated diffusion across the basal membrane and enters the blood.

Fats are broken down into what?

2 fatty acids by lipases

Most digestion of fat occurs where?

In the small intestines by pancreatic lipase.

What are bile salts and lecithin needed for?

emulsifying agents for lipid digestion and absorption.

Bile Salts and lecithin break up what?

Break up fat globules into fatty droplets and this increases surface area allowing lipase to do job quickly.

What does the lipase do?

Removes 1st & 3rd fatty acid producing 2 free fatty acids and a monoglyceride.

What are the 2 F.A.s and monoglycerides coated with?

Coated with bile salts forming micelles which include cholesterol and fat-soluble vitamines (A,E,D,K)

What do the micelles do?

Difuse to gut wall and release their lipids which diffuse across epith cells of villi. Bile salts are then recycled in gut.

Inside the cell, the Free FA and monoglycerides enter what? What happens to them there?

They enter smooth ER where they are put back together as triglyceride.

What does the Golgi do with the triglyceride?

Coated with phospholipids and proteins to form chylomicrons. Packaged into secretory vesicles, migrate to basal membrane. release their contents, enter lacteals.

DNA is broken down into what?

Deoxyribonuclease breaks down DNA into:
Deoxyribose + Bases + Phosphate

RNA is broken down into what?

Ribonuclease breaks down RNA into:
Ribose + Bases + Phosphate

What is the function of the large intestines?

Absorbe right amount of water, absorb sodium and chloride ions, defecation.

Why is the bacterial in large intestines important?

Makes up normal microbial flora and release Vitamin K & some B Vitamins and absorbed by human host.

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