Aug 1, 1996

Regulation of epithelial Na+ permeability by protein kinase C is tissue specific

The Journal of Membrane Biology
M L ChalfantM M Civan


Protein kinase C (PKC) is a major regulator of a broad range of cellular functions. Activation of PKC has been reported to stimulate Na+ transport across frog skin epithelium by increasing the apical Na+ permeability. This positive natriferic response has not been observed with other epithelial preparations, and could reflect the specific experimental conditions of different laboratories, or species or organ specificity of the response to PKC. In the present study, measurements were conducted with skins and urinary bladders from the same animals of two different species. The PKC activator TPA uniformly increased the transepithelial Na+ transport (measured as amiloride-sensitive short-circuit current, ISC, across skins from Rana temporaria and Bufo marinus, and inhibited ISC across bladders from the same animals. Inhibitors of PKC (staurosporine, H-7 and chelerythrine) partially blocked the TPA-induced stimulation of ISC across frog skin. The specificity of the PKC response by amphibian skin could have reflected an induction of moulting, similar to that observed with aldosterone. However, light micrographs of paired areas of frog skin revealed no evidence of the putative moulting. Separation of stratum corneum from the underlyin...Continue Reading

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