The mechanism of passage of endogenous urea through the rumen wall and the role of ureolytic epithelial bacteria in the urea flux

K. J. Cheng, R. J. Wallace

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1. The rumen urea concentration in gnotobiotic lambs lacking ureolytic bacteria was equal to that of blood. 2. Bacterial urease (EC activity in sheep fed by intraruminal and intra-abomasal infusion was inversely related to rumen ammonia concentration. 3. A model is proposed for the facilitation and control of urea flux by wall-found ureolytic bacteria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-557
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1979


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