To more clearly define the role of the transepithelial electrical potential difference (V m----s), potassium permeability, and sodium-potassium pump rate in transcellular potassium transport by isolated turtle colon, we measured transmural potassium fluxes under open-circuit conditions in the presence and absence of putative blockers of potassium transport: amiloride and barium. The results were consistent with the notion that V m----s is a major determinant of cellular potassium secretion, whereas active potassium absorption is insensitive to changes in V m----s. These observations suggest that "coupling" between colonic sodium absorption and potassium secretion in vivo could be due primarily to the effect of the lumen negative V m----s on transcellular secretory potassium flow. Amiloride-induced inhibition of potassium secretion appeared to be due to the reductions in V m----s and sodium-potassium pump rate that accompanied the inhibition of active sodium absorption.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||The American journal of physiology|
|Issue number||1 Pt 1|
|State||Published - Jul 1 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physiology (medical)