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To evaluate a possible quantitative relationship between the rise in intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) activity and triglyceride-rich lipoproteins in the blood after an oral fat intake, a specific and sensitive immunocatalytic assay was used. First, day to day variation of the basal IAP activity in the blood of eight volunteers was evaluated. One group of subjects with high basal IAP activity and great variations from one day to the other was distinguished from a group with low basal IAP activity and small day to day variations. The subjects with high basal IAP activities were all secretors of red blood cell antigens, while those with low basal IAP activities were non-secretors. The IAP activity in the blood rose after fat rich meals but not after fat free meals. To further investigate this, IAP activities were measured in the blood of 28 men before 3, 6, 9 and 12 h after a standardized oral fat load of a mixed meal type. The activity rose in all individuals and showed a similar time course as the rise in plasma TG concentration. The elevations of the IAP activity were, however, not quantitatively correlated with the elevations in TG concentration, nor were there any relations in time to peak levels. Subjects with high basal IAP increased their IAP activity more than those with low basal IAP, but within neither group there was any correlation between the basal IAP activity and the rise in IAP activity. IAP did not float with lipoproteins on ultracentrifugation of plasma, nor did IAP bind to lipid droplets from a fat emulsion added to plasma.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)


Journal article


Eur J Clin Invest

Publication Date





753 - 760


Adult, Alkaline Phosphatase, Female, Humans, Intestinal Absorption, Intestines, Lipid Metabolism, Lipoproteins, Male, Metabolic Clearance Rate, Middle Aged, Triglycerides