Using omeprazole to link the components of the post-prandial alkaline tide in the spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias

Chris M. Wood, Aaron G. Schultz, R. Stephen Munger, Patrick J. Walsh

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After a meal, dogfish exhibit a metabolic alkalosis in the bloodstream and a marked excretion of basic equivalents across the gills to the external seawater. We used the H+, K+-ATPase pump inhibitor omeprazole to determine whether these post-prandial alkaline tide events were linked to secretion of H+ (accompanied by Cl-) in the stomach. Sharks were fitted with indwelling stomach tubes for pretreatment with omeprazole (five doses of 5 mg omeprazole perkilogram over 48 h) or comparable volumes of vehicle (saline containing 2% DMSO) and for sampling of gastric chyme. Fish were then fed an involuntary meal by means of the stomach tube consisting of minced flatfish muscle (2% of body mass) suspended in saline (4% of body mass total volume). Omeprazole pretreatment delayed the post-prandial acidification of the gastric chyme, slowed the rise in Cl- concentration of the chyme and altered the patterns of other ions, indicating inhibition of H+ and accompanying Cl- secretion. Omeprazole also greatly attenuated the rise in arterial pH and bicarbonate concentrations and reduced the net excretion of basic equivalents to the water by 56% over 48h. Arterial blood CO2 pressure (PaCO2) and plasma ions were not substantially altered. These results indicate that elevated gastric H+ secretion (as HCl) in the digestive process is the major cause of the systemic metabolic alkalosis and the accompanying rise in base excretion across the gills that constitute the alkaline tide in the dogfish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-692
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Branchial base excretion
  • Chyme composition
  • Feeding
  • Gastric acid secretion
  • H
  • K-ATPase
  • Metabolic alkalosis
  • Shark

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physiology
  • Insect Science
  • Aquatic Science


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