Acute blood stasis reduces interstitial uptake of albumin from intestinal microcirculatory networks

Carrie J. Merkle, Lisa M. Wilson, Ann L. Baldwin

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Temporary blood flow stoppage occurs in a greater percentage of the capillaries when blood flow to organs is reduced. Previous studies on the small intestine have suggested that acute blood stasis (≤10 min) results in expression of negative charge, not present when blood flow is brisk, on the luminal surface of mucosal capillaries. Negative surface charge would tend to reduce transcapillary passage of albumin from blood to interstitium, since albumin is also negatively charged. Here we test the hypothesis that acute blood stasis reduces the interstitial uptake of albumin from mucosal capillary networks in rat small intestine in situ. Animals were subjected to two treatments, which included intestinal blood flow and acute stasis. After each treatment, fluorescent albumins were perfused into the intestinal circulation, and then interstitial fluorescence was recorded using fluorescence microscopy. Images were later quantified by computer analysis. After brisk blood flow, but not after acute blood stasis, fluorescence rapidly appeared in the interstitium and resulted in higher interstitial fluorescence intensity values. These results may have relevance to the mechanisms by which albumin flux in the small intestine is synchronized with digestion and fasting, which are associated with high and low intestinal blood flow, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H600-H608
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number2 43-2
StatePublished - Feb 1998


  • Epifluorescence microscopy
  • Fenestrated capillaries
  • Rat
  • Small intestine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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