Effect of [Cl(-)]i on ENaC activity from mouse cortical collecting duct cells.

Yuchun Gu

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Na(+) transport via epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC) occurs across many epithelial surfaces and plays a key role in regulating salt and water absorption. In this study, we have examined the effects of cytosolic Na(+) and Cl(-) on ENaC activity by patch clamping single channel recording method in mouse cortical collecting duct cells (M1). Cytosolic Na(+) exerts its effect in change of ENaC open probability (Po). High cytosolic Na(+) significantly reduces ENaC Po. No change in channel conductance by cytosolic Na(+) is observed. However, decrease of cytosolic Cl(-) concentration significantly increases channel conductance and ENaC Po. This effect is due to the right shift of ENaC I-V curve to positive membrane potential. The virtue of ENaC conductance remains the same. Cl(-) channels like CFTR and VRAC are unlikely to be involved in this regulation. The results suggest that cytosolic Cl(-) could serve as a mediator to regulate ENaC activity, in accordance with the activities of Cl(-) channels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-7
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008


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