Aldosterone Stimulates K secretion Prior to Onset of Na Absorption in Guinea Pig Distal Colon
Distal colon from guinea pig was stimulated in vitro by aldosterone in Ussing chambers that allowed measurement of short-circuit current (Isc) and tissue conductance (Gt). The response to aldosterone was delayed by approximately 20 min and resulted in a negative Isc, consistent with K secretion. Approximately 1 h later the Isc began to increase and eventually became positive, consistent with subsequent stimulation of Na absorption. The Na-absorptive response could be inhibited by mucosal amiloride without altering the rate of K secretion. Similarly, K secretion could be inhibited by serosal bumetanide without altering Na absorption. In the presence of spironolactone, actinomycin D, or cycloheximide, aldosterone failed to stimulate both K secretion and Na absorption. A dose response to aldosterone provided an apparent Kd of 2.6 +/- 0.5 nM, consistent with a high-affinity receptor coupled to this secretory response. Stimulation by the K secretagogue epinephrine did not produce an additive increase in K secretion, suggesting that the same cell type responds to both aldosterone and epinephrine and that the protein induced by aldosterone was not one of the membrane proteins responsible for K secretion.
Halm, D. R.,
& Halm, S. T.
(1994). Aldosterone Stimulates K secretion Prior to Onset of Na Absorption in Guinea Pig Distal Colon. American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology, 266 (2), C552-C558.