Influence of rumen escape starch on pancreatic exocrine secretion of goats

M. Xu, S. Du, J. Wang, Z. P. Yu, D. L. Harmon, J. H. Yao

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The objective of the experiment was to evaluate the effect of rumen escape starch (RES), accomplished by altering dietary starch concentrations on pancreatic exocrine secretion of goats. Four goats (36.8 ± 3.2 kg) with common bile duct re-entrant and duodenal catheters were used in a 4 x 4 Latin square. Goats were fed diets containing 20%, 30%, 40% and 50% starch. Periods consisted of 10 day adaptation followed by 3 day of sample collection. Juice was collected in 1-h fractions continuously for 72 h. Total juice secreted was recorded, and 3% sub samples were retained to form a composite sample. The remaining fluid was returned to the duodenum. Juice composite samples were analyzed for activities of α-amylase, trypsin, chymotrypsin and lipase. Secretion of pancreatic α-amylase was lower (p < 0.05) when comparing lambs fed 20% starch diet with 30%, 40% and 50% starch diets. Lipase secretion was greater (p < 0.05) in lambs fed 40% starch diet compared with the other diets. Total secretion of juice, trypsin and chymotrypin was not affected (p > 0.05) by dietary starch concentration. Rumen escape starch increased with increasing dietary starch concentration (p < 0.05). Regression analysis showed that increasing RES results in a quadratic increase (p < 0.05) in pancreatic α-amylase and lipase secretion, and the secretion of α-amylase and lipase is maximum when RES is 113 and 83 g/day respectively. These results suggest that optimal RES for pancreatic secretion of α-amylase and lipase is 80-110 g/day in adult goats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-129
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Enzymes
  • Goat
  • Pancreas
  • Secretion
  • Starch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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