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A new study presented today at the International Liver Congress 2012 demonstrates that the gut microbiota has a profound systemic effect on bile acid metabolism. Bile acids are synthesized from cholesterol in the liver and further metabolized by the gut microbiota into secondary bile acids. The main function of bile acid is to promote processing of dietary fat. In addition, hepatic synthesis of bile acids is a major mechanism of cholesterol breakdown in the body. Farnesoid-x-receptor (FXR)...
A newly discovered hormone plays an important role in the digestion of fat, cholesterol, and fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, E, and D, according to a new study in the October 2005 issue of Cell Metabolism. The intestinal hormone sends a signal to the liver that controls the production of bile acid. Manufactured from cholesterol in the liver, bile acids emulsify fats, allowing them to be broken down and absorbed. The research team, studying mice, found that the intestine senses the...
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