THE ALIMENTARY CANAL• INGESTION: taking substances (e.g. food, drink) into the body through the mouth.• DIGESTION: the break-down of large, insoluble food molecules into small, water-soluble molecules using mechanical and chemical processes.• ABSORPTION: the movement of digestive food moleculesthrough the wall of the intestine into the blood or lymph.• ASSIMILATION: the movement of digestive food molecules into the cells of the body where they are used, becoming part of the cells.• EGESTION: the passing out of food that has not been digested, as faeces, through the anus.
Name the layers of tissue that make up the alimentary canal, starting from the inside
PERISTALSIS A contraction in one region of the alimentary canal is followed by another contractionjust below it so that a wave of contraction passes along the canal pushing food in front of it.
DIGESTION: -Physical: teeth and churningmovements of the alimentary canal -Chemical: enzymes
Chemical digestionFOOD ENZYMES FINAL PRODUCTSStarch amylase glucoseProteins protease Amino acidsFats lipase Fatty acids + glycerol
MOUTH -Ingestion -DigestionFood is chewed and mixed with saliva.
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STOMACH• Functions: - stores food from a meal. - turns food into a liquid (peristaltic movements) - releases food in small quantities at a time to the rest of the alimentary canal (pyloric sphincter)
Chemical digestion:• Production of gastric juice (glands in the lining) - Enzyme: pepsin (protease) Proteins → peptides - Hydrochloric acid: provides the best degree of acidity for pepsin to work in and kills many bacteria of food.
THE SMALL INTESTINE Duodenum Ileum• Chemical digestion Enzymes from:1. Pancreatic juices2. Bile3. Intestinal juices
PANCREAS• Secretion of pancreatic juice:delivered to the duodenum by the pancreatic duct. i) Enzymes: -Proteases: Proteins → peptides → aa - Pancreatic amylase: Starch → maltose - Lipase: Fats → fatty acids + glycerol ii) Sodium hydrogencarbonate: neutralizes the acid liquid from the stomach so that pancreatic enzymes work correctly. (alkaline conditions)
BILE• Produced by the liver.• Stored in the gall bladder.• Delivered to the duodenum by the bile duct.• No enzymes• Bile pigment:from the break down of haemoglobin in the liver.• Bile salts: Emulsify the fats: they break them up into small drops which are more easily digested by lipase.
INTESTINAL JUICES• The epithelial cells of the villi produce enzymes which complete the breakdown of: - Maltose → glucose - Peptides → aa - Fats → fatty acid and glycerol before they are absorbed. By -Maltase -Peptidase
FINAL PRODUCTS OF DIGESTION FOOD FINAL PRODUCTSStarch GlucoseProteins Amino acidsFats Fatty acids + glycerol
MoleculesEpithelial cells → a large proportion of ↓ fatty acid + glycerolcapillaries (bloodstream ) ↓ ↓ form fats again pass to lacteals Hepatic Portal Vein ↓ ↓ lymphatic system LIVER ↓General circulation (vena cava)
LARGE INTESTINE Colon and rectum• Material that reaches it contains: i) water with undigested matter ii) cellulose iii) fibre: digested partly by bacteria iv) mucus v) dead cells from the lining of the alimentary canal• Function: absorption of water. semisolid waste → faeces → rectum → anus (EGESTION)
ASSIMILATION• Glucose Respiration energy• Fats -Are built into cell membranes and other cell structures - Source of energy• Amino acids - Built up into proteins. Functions??
STORAGE OF DIGESTED FOOD• Glucose - Changed in the liver to glycogen - Some of the glycogen is stored in liver (short- term store) and muscles. - LIVER: If ↓ blood sugars Glycogen → glucose → circulation - MUSCLES: glucose: for muscular activity - Excessof glucose: converted to fat and stored in fats depots
STORAGE OF DIGESTED FOOD• Fats - There is no limit to storage of fats - Long- term store as fat depots in: -abdomen - round the kidneys (adipose tissue) - under the skin
STORAGE OF DIGESTED FOOD• Amino acids - They are not stored in the body - Those not used in protein formation are deaminated (in the liver)
DEAMINATION (in the liver) aa non nitrogen compound nitrogen compound glucose UREA respiration excreted by the kidneys urine
LIVER Functions• Regulation of blood sugars.• Production of bile.• Deamination• Storage of iron.• Manufacture of plasma proteins.• Detoxication.• Storage of vitamins
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