Background and aims Roux-en-Y gastric bypass improves glucose metabolism in clinical practice, and duodenal-jejunal bypass (DJB), an experimental bypass procedure, also improves metabolism in animals. However, the mechanism remains controversial; especially, the role of the biliopancreatic limb (BP-limb) remains unclear. Our aim was to examine the importance of the function of the BP-limb after DJB using a novel operative model. Methods Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty rats with diabetes were divided into the following groups: DJB with a short alimentary limb (A-limb) and long BP-limb (B-DJB group), DJB with jejunectomy (J-DJB group) in which the entire length of the jejunum used for the BP-limb of the B-DJB group was excised; and a sham operation group. Glucose tolerance, plasma bile acid levels, and the gut microbiota were assessed postoperatively. Results Glucose tolerance was improved and weight gain was suppressed after surgery in the B-DJB group. In contrast, these effects were cancelled in the J-DJB group. The plasma levels of bile acids in the B-DJB group were greater than those in other groups. The analysis of gut microbiota showed distinct differences between the B-DJB and other groups; especially, the relative abundance of genus Bifidobacterium was much higher in the B-DJB group. Conclusion The BP-limb played an important role in the control of weight gain, glucose tolerance, and increased plasma bile acid levels after DJB in this rat model of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Plasma bile acids and gut microbiota may be involved in these processes.
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