Transepithelial potential (V(T)), conductance (G(T)), and water flow (J(V)) were measured simultaneously with good time resolution (min) in isolated toad (Bufo bufo) skin epithelium with Ringer on both sides. Inside application of 5 microM isoproterenol resulted in the fast increase in G(T) from 1.2+/-0.3 to 2.4+/-0.4 mS x cm(-2) and slower increases in equivalent short circuit current, I(SC)(Eqv) = -G(T) x V(T), from 12.7+/-3.2 to 33.1+/-6.8 microA cm(-2), and J(V) from 0.72+/-0.17 to 3.01+/-0.49 nL cm(-2) s(-1). Amiloride in the outside solution abolished I(SC)(Eqv) (-1.6+/-0.1 microA cm(-2)) while J(V) decreased to 0.50+/-0.15 nL cm(-2) x s(-1), which is significantly different from zero. Isoproterenol decreased the osmotic concentration of the transported fluid, C(osm) approximately 2 x I(SC)(Eqv)/J(V), from 351+/-72 to 227+/-28 mOsm (Ringer's solution: 252.8 mOsm). J(V) depicted a saturating function of [Na+]out in agreement with Na+ self-inhibition of ENaC. Ouabain on the inside decreased I(SC)(Eqv) from 60+/-10 to 6.1+/-1.7 microA cm(-2), and J(V) from 3.34+/-0.47 to 1.40+/-0.24 nL cm(-2) x s(-1). Short-circuited preparations exhibited a linear relationship between short-circuit current and J(V) with a [Na+] of the transported fluid of 130+/-24 mM ([Na+]Ringer's solution = 117.4 mM). Addition of bumetanide to the inside solution reduced J(V). Water was transported uphill and J(V) reversed at an excess outside osmotic concentration, deltaC(S,rev) = 28.9+/-3.9 mOsm, amiloride decreased deltaC(S,rev) to 7.5+/-1.5 mOsm. It is concluded that water uptake is accomplished by osmotic coupling in the lateral intercellular space (lis), and hypothesized that a small fraction of the Na+ flux pumped into lis is recirculated via basolateral NKCC transporters.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology a, 2007, Vol 148, Issue 1, p. 64-71