Part I. Growth and maturation of the intestine.
1. Studying the development of the small intestine: philosophical and anatomical perspectives (J.F. Trahair, P.T. Sangild).Sample Chapter. 2. Vacuolation in the young (K. Baintner). 3. Maturation of intestinal function: the role of cortisol and birth (P.T. Sangild et al.). 4. Maturation of intestinal digestive and immune systems by food polyamines (O. Peulen et al.). 5. Bioactive compounds in porcine colostrum and milk and their effects on intestinal development in neonatal pigs (R.J. Xu et al.). 6. Role of colostrum and milk components in the development of the intestine structure and function in calves (J.W. Blum et al.). 7. Roles of milk-borne components in the development of pancreatic enzymes during the suckling period (T. Kinouchi, T. Yajima). 8. Allometric growth of the small and large intestine of rats before and after weaning (T. Sakata).
Part II. Neuro-endocrine function of the intestine.
9. Innervation of the small intestine (E. Ekblad, F. Sundler). 10. The role of nitric oxide in motility of the developing gastrointestinal tract (M. Ceregrzyn, A. Kuwahara). 11. Gut regulatory peptides and hormones of the small intestine (P. Guilloteau et al.). 12. Luminal release of gut regulatory peptides and amines: waste or physiological message? (A. Kuwahara, M. Fujimiya). 13. The common systems of food recognition in the gut and tongue (T. Fushiki et al.). 14. Role of the intestine in regulation of food intake in growing pigs (P.C. Gregory). 15. Possible role of colostral macromolecules transported from the intestinal lumen in neonatal animals (E. Harada, T. Takeuchi).
Part III. Digestion, absorption and the intestine barrier.
16. Production and gene expression of brush border disaccharidases and peptidases during development in pigs and calves (I. Le Huërou-Luron). 17. Dietary influences on pancreatic alpha-amylase expression and