PMID: 10862732Jun 23, 2000Paper

Evidence for the role of a Na(+)/HCO(3)(-) cotransporter in trout hepatocyte pHi regulation

The Journal of Experimental Biology
M FurimskyS F Perry


The mechanisms of intracellular pH (pHi) regulation were examined in hepatocytes of the rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss. pHi was monitored using the pH-sensitive fluorescent dye BCECF, and the effects of various media and pharmacological agents were examined for their influence on baseline pHi and recovery rates from acid and base loading. Rates of Na(+) uptake were measured using (22)Na, and changes in membrane potential were examined using the potentiometric fluorescent dye Oxonol VI. The rate of proton extrusion following acid loading was diminished by the blockade of either Na(+)/H(+) exchange (using amiloride) or anion transport (using DIDS). The removal of external HCO(3)(-) and the abolition of outward K(+) diffusion by the channel blocker Ba(2+) also decreased the rate of proton extrusion following acid load. Depolarization of the cell membrane with 50 mmol l(-)(1) K(+), however, did not affect pHi. The rate of recovery from base loading was significantly diminished by the blockade of anion transport, removal of external HCO(3)(-) and, to a lesser extent, by blocking Na(+)/H(+) exchange. The blockade of K(+) conductance had no effect. The decrease in Na(+) uptake rate observed in the presence of the anion transport bl...Continue Reading

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