Dec 1, 1991

Amiloride blockage of Na+ channels in amphibian epithelia does not require external Ca2+

Pflügers Archiv : European journal of physiology
L DesmedtW Van Driessche


Noise analysis was used to study the influence of external Ca2+ on the blockage of Na+ transport by amiloride. Experiments were done using frog skin (Rana temporaria and Rana catesbeiana), toad urinary bladder (Bufo marinus) and epithelia of A6 cells. In nondepolarized skins and bladders, removal of Ca2+ from the mucosal bath diminished markedly the inhibitory effect of amiloride. Ca2+ depletion also gave rise to the appearance of an additional noise component related to cation movement through the poorly selective cation channel in the apical membrane [Aelvoet I, Erlij D, Van Driessche W (1988) J Physiol (Lond) 398:555-574; Van Driessche W, Desmedt L, Simaels J (1991) Pflügers Arch 418:193-203]. The amplitude of this Ca(2+)-blockable noise component was elevated by amiloride and markedly exceeded the amiloride-induced Lorentzian noise levels as recorded in the presence of Ca2+. On the other hand, in K(+)-depolarized skins and bladders as well as in nondepolarized epithelial of A6 cells, the Ca(2+)-blockable noise was absent or of much smaller amplitude. Depolarization of frog skin and toad urinary bladder apparently inactivated the poorly selective channels, whereas in A6 cells they were not observed. Under these conditions th...Continue Reading

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CA2 gene
Bufo marinus
Apical Membrane
Bladder Tissue
Rana temporaria

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