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Functional Morphology of Epithelium of the Small Intestine

Handbook of Physiology, The Gastrointestinal System, Intestinal Absorption and Secretion

  1. James L. Madara

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp060403

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Madara, J. L. 2011. Functional Morphology of Epithelium of the Small Intestine. Comprehensive Physiology. 83–120.

Author Information

  1. Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    General Considerations
    • 1.1
      Supporting Elements of Epithelium
    • 1.2
      Compartmentalization of Epithelium
    • 1.3
      Contribution of the Paracellular Pathway to Secretion and Absorption
    • 1.4
      Polarity of Epithelial Cells
  • 2
    Structure of “Absorbing” Epithelial Cells
    • 2.1
      Villus Absorptive Cells
    • 2.2
      M Cells
  • 3
    Structure of “Secreting” Epithelial Cells
    • 3.1
      Undifferentiated Crypt Cells
    • 3.2
      Goblet Cells
    • 3.3
      Enteroendocrine Cells
    • 3.4
      Paneth Cells
  • 4
    Structure of Epithelial Cells not Currently known to have Absorptive or Secretory Function
    • 4.1
      Tuft Cells
    • 4.2
      Cup Cells