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Table 2.

Small intestine histological measurements for each group

Hibernating (N=4)Fasting (N=4)Feeding(N=4)F and P values
Intestinal diameter (mm) 1.79 (±0.13)a 2.44 (±0.11)a 3.66 (±0.33)b F4, 16=5.52; P<0.01 
Muscularis externa width (μm) 81.62 (±5.43) 78.50 (±4.55) 61.82 (±12.22) F4, 16=1.09; P<0.40 
Villus height (μm) 501.1 (±48.2)a 643.2 (±31.4)a 1024.5 (±93.9)b F10, 10=3.03; P<0.05 
Enterocyte height (μm) 39.7 (±3.4)a 62.2 (±2.4)b 78.9 (±6.6)c F10, 10=4.69; P<0.05 
Enterocyte diameter (μm) 11.0 (±0.1) 10.7 (±0.8) 11.5 (±0.4) F10, 10=0.83; P<0.62 
Hibernating (N=4)Fasting (N=4)Feeding(N=4)F and P values
Intestinal diameter (mm) 1.79 (±0.13)a 2.44 (±0.11)a 3.66 (±0.33)b F4, 16=5.52; P<0.01 
Muscularis externa width (μm) 81.62 (±5.43) 78.50 (±4.55) 61.82 (±12.22) F4, 16=1.09; P<0.40 
Villus height (μm) 501.1 (±48.2)a 643.2 (±31.4)a 1024.5 (±93.9)b F10, 10=3.03; P<0.05 
Enterocyte height (μm) 39.7 (±3.4)a 62.2 (±2.4)b 78.9 (±6.6)c F10, 10=4.69; P<0.05 
Enterocyte diameter (μm) 11.0 (±0.1) 10.7 (±0.8) 11.5 (±0.4) F10, 10=0.83; P<0.62 

Values presented are absolute means ± 1 s.e.m. Different letters indicate significant differences (P<0.05) after a Tukey HSD test

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