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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 22 | Page No.: 3536-3541
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2007.3536.3541
 
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Phospholipid Profile of the Stomach and Duodenum of Normal Rabbits Fed with Supplements of Unripe Pawpaw (Carica papaya) and Unripe Plantain (Musa sapientum) Extract

G.E. Eriyamremu, S.O. Asagba, V.E. Osagie, S.I. Ojeaburu and O. Lolodi

Abstract:
This study reports the effect of unripe pawpaw and/or unripe plantain extracts on the phospholipid profile of the stomach and duodenum of normal rabbits. Supplementation of chow with unripe pawpaw or plantain extract significantly reduced (p<0.05) the weight gained by rabbits compared with the control. The total phospholipids content in the stomach and duodenum were significantly increased (p<0.05) in the test groups compared to the control. In the stomach and duodenum, phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and sphingomyelin (SGM) were significantly increased (p<0.05) in the test groups compared to the control. Pawpaw occasioned a decrease in the PE/PC ratio in both tissues as against an increase observed in the SGM/PC ratio. The results presented suggests that unripe pawpaw meal and unripe plantain extract alter the phospholipid profile of the stomach and duodenum in ways which may affect membrane fluidity of these tissues and would have profound effect on the gastro-duodenal mucosa and thus have implication(s) for gastric and duodenal ulcers in rabbits.
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G.E. Eriyamremu, S.O. Asagba, V.E. Osagie, S.I. Ojeaburu and O. Lolodi, 2007. Phospholipid Profile of the Stomach and Duodenum of Normal Rabbits Fed with Supplements of Unripe Pawpaw (Carica papaya) and Unripe Plantain (Musa sapientum) Extract. Journal of Applied Sciences, 7: 3536-3541.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2007.3536.3541

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2007.3536.3541

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