Effect of Aldosterone and Corticosterone on β-Galactosidase and Invertase Activity in the Small Intestine of Rats
ADRENALECTOMY performed on the 15th day after birth in infant rats delays the usual decrease in β-galacto-sidase activity in the small intestine1,2 and the rise in invertase activity3 which is observed on day 19 in intact animals. In this work an attempt was made to offset the effect of adrenalectomy by administering cortical hormones. Both corticosterone and aldosterone were used. The former is usually applied in metabolic studies; the effect of the latter on enzyme activities has not been investigated4.