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    Intracellular Na+, K+ and Cl− activities in Acheta domesticus Malpighian tubules and the response to a diuretic kinin neuropeptide

    Coast, Geoffrey M. (2012) Intracellular Na+, K+ and Cl− activities in Acheta domesticus Malpighian tubules and the response to a diuretic kinin neuropeptide. Journal of Experimental Biology 215 , pp. 2774-2785. ISSN 0022-0949.

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    The mechanism of primary urine production and the activity of a diuretic kinin, Achdo-KII, were investigated in Malpighian tubules of Acheta domesticus by measuring intracellular Na+, K+ and Cl− activities, basolateral membrane voltage (Vb), fluid secretion and transepithelial ion transport. Calculated electrochemical gradients for K+ and Cl− across the basolateral membrane show they are actively transported into principal cells, and basolateral Ba2+-sensitive K+ channels do not contribute to net transepithelial K+ transport and fluid secretion. A basolateral Cl− conductance was revealed after the blockade of K+ channels with Ba2+, and a current carried by the passive outward movement of Cl− accounts for the hyperpolarization of Vb in response to Ba2+. Ion uptake via Na+/K+/2Cl− cotransport, driven by the inwardly directed Na+ electrochemical gradient, is thermodynamically feasible, and is consistent with the actions of bumetanide, which reduces fluid secretion and both Na+ and K+ transport. The Na+ gradient is maintained by its extrusion across the apical membrane and by a basolateral ouabain-sensitive Na+/K+-ATPase. Achdo-KII has no significant effect on the intracellular ion activities or Vb. Electrochemical gradients across the apical membrane were estimated from previously published values for the levels of Na+, K+ and Cl− in the secreted fluid. The electrochemical gradient for Cl− favours passive movement into the lumen, but falls towards zero after stimulation by Achdo-KII. This coincides with a twofold increase in Cl− transport, which is attributed to the opening of an apical Cl− conductance, which depolarises the apical membrane voltage.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Open access full-text from publisher web site
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Acheta domesticus, Malpighian tubule, ion-selective microelectrode, intracellular ion activity, electrochemical gradient, ion transport, fluid secretion, diuretic kinin neuropeptide
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Biological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 14:31
    Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 15:49


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