Bicarbonate secretion plays a role in chloride and water absorption of the European flounder intestine

Martin Grosell, C. M. Wood, R. W. Wilson, N. R. Bury, C. Hogstrand, C. Rankin, F. B. Jensen

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Abstract

Experiments performed on isolated intestinal segments from the marine teleost fish, the European flounder (Platichthys flesus), revealed that the intestinal epithelium is capable of secondary active HCO3- secretion in the order of 0.2-0.3 HCO3- against an apparent electrochemical gradient. The HCO3- secretion occurs via anion exchange, is dependent on mucosal Cl-, results in very high mucosal HCO3- concentrations, and contributes significantly to Cl- and fluid absorption. This present study was conducted under in vivo-like conditions, with mucosal saline resembling intestinal fluids in vivo. These conditions result in a transepithelial potential of -16.2 mV (serosal side negative), which is very different from the -2.2 mV observed under symmetrical conditions. Under these conditions, we found a significant part of the HCO3- secretion is fueled by endogenous epithelial CO2 hydration mediated by carbonic anhydrase because acetazolamide (10-4 M) was found to inhibit HCO 3- secretion and removal of serosal CO2 was found not to influence HCO3- secretion. Reversal of the epithelial electrochemical gradient for CP (removal of serosal Cl-) and elevation of serosal HCO3- resulted in enhanced HCO3- secretion and enhanced Cl- and fluid absorption. Cl- absorption via an anion exchange system appears to partly drive fluid absorption across the intestine in the absence of net Na + absorption.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Volume288
Issue number4 57-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005

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Keywords

  • Carbonic anhydrase
  • Chloride absorption
  • HCO secretion
  • Marine teleost
  • Osmoregulation

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  • Physiology

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Bicarbonate secretion plays a role in chloride and water absorption of the European flounder intestine. / Grosell, Martin; Wood, C. M.; Wilson, R. W.; Bury, N. R.; Hogstrand, C.; Rankin, C.; Jensen, F. B.

In: American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, Vol. 288, No. 4 57-4, 01.04.2005.

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