PMID: 3440860Dec 1, 1987

Effect of electroneutral luminal and basolateral lactate transport on intracellular pH in salamander proximal tubules

The Journal of General Physiology
A W Siebens, W F Boron


We used microelectrodes to examine the effects of organic substrates, particularly lactate (Lac-), on the intracellular pH (pHi) and basolateral membrane potential (Vbl) in isolated, perfused proximal tubules of the tiger salamander. Exposure of the luminal and basolateral membranes to 3.6 mM Lac- caused pHi to increase by approximately 0.2, opposite to the decrease expected from nonionic diffusion of lactic acid (HLac) into the cell. Addition of Lac- to only the lumen also caused alkalinization, but only if Na+ was present. This alkalinization was not accompanied by immediate Vbl changes, which suggests that it involves luminal, electroneutral Na/Lac cotransport. Addition of Lac- to only the basolateral solution caused pHi to decrease by approximately 0.08. The initial rate of this acidification was a saturable function of [Lac-], was not affected by removal of Na+, and was reversibly reduced by alpha-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamate (CHC). Thus, the pHi decrease induced by basolateral Lac- appears to be due to the basolateral entry of H+ and Lac-, mediated by an H/Lac cotransporter (or a Lac-base exchanger). Our data suggest that this transporter is electroneutral and is not present at the luminal membrane. A key question is how the ...Continue Reading


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