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World J Gastrointest Pathophysiol. Nov 15, 2014; 5(4): 496-513
Published online Nov 15, 2014. doi: 10.4291/wjgp.v5.i4.496
Figure 1
Figure 1 Zinc deficiency can arise from several sources, and a major physiological effect of zinc deficiency will be to induce leakiness in tight junctional seals and consequently epithelial cell layers. This figure diagrammatically shows the conditions/diseases that could be promoted by this eventuality arising in the gastrointestinal mucosa; GI: Gastrointestinal; PPI: Proton pump inhibitor.