Renal aluminium handling in the rat: a micropuncture assessment

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  • D Shirley
  • MF Walter
  • SJ Walter
  • Andrew Thewles
  • Chris Lote


Uncertainties exist over the glomerular filtration of aluminium and virtually nothing is known about its segmental handling along the nephron. The present study has used micropuncture, combined with electrothermal atomic absorption spectroscopy, to determine directly the aluminium content of glomerular filtrate and of late PCTs (proximal convoluted tubules) and early distal tubules in anaesthetized Munich-Wistar rats infused with three different doses of aluminium citrate (plasma aluminium concentrations, 2.9+/-0.1, 5.2+/-0.4 and 10.0+/-0.9 respectively). Aluminium filtration into Bowman's space was found to be considerably greater than that predicted by an in vitro filtration system: in all three groups it was essentially filtered freely. No significant aluminium reabsorption took place along the PCT, but with every dose the FD(Al) (fractional delivery of aluminium; tubular fluid:plasma aluminium/inulin concentration ratio) was lower at the early distal site than at the late PCT (P


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-165
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Bowman's space, loop of Henle, aluminium, proximal tubule, micropuncture, kidney