Oct 16, 2010

Transcellular and paracellular pathways of transepithelial fluid secretion in Malpighian (renal) tubules of the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti

Acta Physiologica
K W Beyenbach, Peter M Piermarini


Isolated Malpighian tubules of the yellow fever mosquito secrete NaCl and KCl from the peritubular bath to the tubule lumen via active transport of Na(+) and K(+) by principal cells. Lumen-positive transepithelial voltages are the result. The counter-ion Cl(-) follows passively by electrodiffusion through the paracellular pathway. Water follows by osmosis, but specific routes for water across the epithelium are unknown. Remarkably, the transepithelial secretion of NaCl, KCl and water is driven by a H(+) V-ATPase located in the apical brush border membrane of principal cells and not the canonical Na(+), K(+) -ATPase. A hypothetical cation/H(+) exchanger moves Na(+) and K(+) from the cytoplasm to the tubule lumen. Also remarkable is the dynamic regulation of the paracellular permeability with switch-like speed which mediates in part the post-blood-meal diuresis in mosquitoes. For example, the blood meal the female mosquito takes to nourish her eggs triggers the release of kinin diuretic peptides that (i) increases the Cl(-) conductance of the paracellular pathway and (ii) assembles V(1) and V(0) complexes to activate the H(+) V-ATPase and cation/H(+) exchange close by. Thus, transcellular and paracellular pathways are both stimul...Continue Reading

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Malpighian Tubules
Metabolic Process, Cellular
Chloride Ion Level
Biochemical Pathway
Entire Lumen of Body System
Cell Polarity
Adenosine Triphosphatases
Complex (molecular entity)