Author(s): Johanson CE, Reed DJ, Woodbury DM
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Abstract Rats of various postnatal ages were utilized to study developmental changes in the distribution of Na, K and H2O between the various compartments of the lateral ventricular plexus (LVP). During the 3 weeks after birth, as the LVP grows from 0.5 to 0.8 mg, there is a significant increase in plexus K which is accompanied by a progressive decrease in Na and H2O. Also, during this postnatal period the decrease in [3h]inulin space in the plexus is proportional to the decrease in the Na space. Between 3 weeks and adulthood, the [3h]inulin and Na spaces are both augmented to a similar extent; moreover, during this same period of development there is a trebling of the residual [51cr]erythrocyte volume. Despite the substantial changes in the volume of the extracellular fluid and of the residual blood in the plexus with age, the calculated concentrations (mEquiv./kg H2O) of choroid cell Na (30-35) and K (145-155) are similar for all ages investigated. The derived data for cellular ionic concentration, together with the analysis of the ionic concentration gradients (cerebrospinal fluid/plasma H2O), suggest that the transport mechanism which translocates Na and K across the choroidal membrane is operative as early as 3-4 days postnatal. The important role of the choroid plexus in central nervous system homeostasis is discussed in relation to the developing brain.
This article was published in Brain Res
and referenced in International Journal of Waste Resources