Jan 1, 1986

Heterogeneity of calcium compartmentation: electron probe analysis of renal tubules

The Journal of Membrane Biology
A LeFurgeyL J Mandel


The objective of this study has been to determine the intracellular localization of calcium in cryofixed, cryosectioned suspensions of kidney proximal tubules using quantitative electron probe X-ray microanalysis. Two populations of cells have been identified: 1) "Viable" cells, representing the majority of cells probed, are defined by their relatively normal K/Na concentration ratio of approximately 4:1. Their measured Ca content is 4.1 +/- 1.4 (SEM) mmol/kg dry wt in the cytoplasm and 3.1 +/- 1.1 mmol/kg dry wt in the mitochondria, or an average cell calcium content of approximately 3.8 mmol/kg dry wt. 2) "Nonviable" cells, defined by the presence of dense inclusions in their mitochondria and a K/Na concentration ratio of approximately 1. The Ca content is 15 +/- 2 mmol/kg dry wt in the cytoplasm and 685 +/- 139 mmol/kg dry wt in the mitochondria of such cells. Assuming 25 to 30% of the cell volume is mitochondrial, the overall calcium content of such nonviable cells is approximately 210 mmol/kg dry wt. The presence of these inclusions in 4 to 5% of the cells would account for the average total Ca content measured in perchloric acid extracts of isolated proximal tubule suspensions (approximately equal to 18 nmol/mg protein or...Continue Reading

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Calcium [EPC]
Renal Tubule Structure
Electron Probe Microanalysis
Electron Microscopy
Localization Within Cell
Cell Survival
Calcium Supplements

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