Apr 1, 1967

The pH sensitivity of the chloride conductance of frog skeletal muscle

The Journal of Physiology
O F Hutter, A E Warner


1. The effect of changes in the pH of the extracellular solution on the membrane conductance of frog sartorius and toe muscle fibres was measured with intracellular micro-electrodes.2. In Ringer solution the membrane conductance was found to be highly sensitive to changes in pH between 5.0 and 9.8. In alkaline solution the conductance rose; in acid solution it fell.3. After replacement of chloride by the relatively impermeant methylsulphate ion the membrane conductance showed little change when pH was altered. It is concluded that chloride is the ion species principally concerned in the pH sensitivity of the resting membrane conductance.4. The relation between pH and the chloride conductance was sigmoid, with the steepest part of the curve lying in the region of neutrality.5. The membrane conductance of muscles equilibrated in a 100 mM-K 216 mM-Cl solution was also sensitive to changes of extracellular pH. As in Ringer solution, the membrane conductance rose in alkaline and fell in acid solutions in a sigmoid fashion.6. Sartorius muscles in isotonic potassium methylsulphate solution showed no change in membrane conductance at different pH values.7. In chloride-free solution a fall in pH tended to cause depolarization; a rise in...Continue Reading

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