Models of permeation in ion channels Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Gramicidin
  • Lipid Bilayers
  • Membrane Transport Proteins


  • Renal adaptation for potassium (K) conservation has been demonstrated in isolated perfused kidneys from rats within 3 days of K depletion and appears to be independent of aldosterone and sodium excretion. This study was designed to investigate whether the renal adaptation for K conservation is independent of ambient [K] and renal tissue levels of K and whether ouabain may have effects on K excretion, which are in contrast to the effects on K excretion in normal animals. In the first study, rats K depleted for 3 days received 2500 mu equiv. KCI intraperitoneally, while other K-depleted rats and a group of control diet animals received intraperitoneal H2O alone to determine whether simple restoration of K deficits would reverse the renal adaptation for K conservation. Intraperitoneal KCI increased plasma [K] and kidney tissue K significantly within 3 h in the K-repleted group compared with the K-depleted rats. Isolated Kidneys were perfused from the three groups of rats 3 h after intraperitoneal injection. Despite K repletion in vivo, perfused kidneys from the K-repleted group still had significantly decreased K excretion (1.28 +/- 0.085 mu equiv./min) compared with controls (2.05 +/- 0.291 mu equiv./min), and K excretion was still not different from the K-depleted group (0.57 +/- 0.134 mu equiv./min). However, fractional K excretion by the kidneys from K-repleted rats was increased above K-depleted kidneys (0.48 +/- 0.051 vs. 0.18 +/- 0.034, p less than 0.01). Despite the increased renal tissue K in K-repleted kidneys at the start of perfusion (285 +/- 5.1 vs. 257 +/- 5.4 mu equiv./g), by the end of the perfusion tissue K in perfused kidneys was identical in all three groups.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

publication date

  • December 12, 2001



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1088/0034-4885/64/11/202

Additional Document Info

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  • 1427

end page

  • 33


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