Author(s): Kinsella J, Sacktor B
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Abstract Na+-H+ exchange activity, i.e., amiloride-sensitive Na+ and H+ flux, in renal proximal tubule brush border (luminal) membrane vesicles was increased in the hyperthyroid rat and decreased in the hypothyroid rat, relative to the euthyroid animal. A positive correlation was found between Na+-H+ exchange activity and serum concentrations of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid status of the animal did not alter amiloride-insensitive Na+ uptake. The rate of passive pH gradient dissipation was higher in membrane vesicles from hyperthyroid rats compared to the rate in vesicles from hypothyroid animals, a result which would tend to limit the increase in Na+ uptake in vesicles from hyperthyroid animals. Na+-dependent phosphate uptake was increased in membrane vesicles from hyperthyroid rats; Na+-dependent D-glucose and L-proline uptakes were not changed by the thyroid status of the animal. The effect of thyroid hormones in increasing the uptake of Na+ in the brush border membrane vesicle is consistent with the action of the hormones in enhancing renal Na+ reabsorption. Further, the regulation of transtubular Na+ flux has now been shown to be concomitant with modulation of the entry of Na+ into the tubular cell across its luminal membrane, mediated by the exchange reaction, and with the previously reported control of the pumping of Na+ out of the cell across its basolateral membrane, mediated by the Na+,K+-ATPase.
This article was published in Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
and referenced in Biology and Medicine