Basolateral tetraethylammonium transport in intact tubules: Specificity and trans-stimulation

W. H. Dantzler, S. H. Wright, V. Chatsudthipong, O. H. Brokl

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To examine the specificity of prox imal renal basolateral organic cation transport, the effects of unlabeled organic cation substrates in the bathing medium on the rate of uptake of [14C]tetraethylammonium ([14C]TEA) by intact nonperfused proximal tubules and isolated basolateral membrane vesicles (BLMV) from rabbit kidneys were explored. The pattern of inhibition of transport by a battery of unlabeled organic cations was similar in intact tubules and BLMV. To determine if trans-stimulation could be demonstrated across the basolateral membrane of intact tubules, the effects of preloading tubules with unlabeled substrates on the rate of uptake of [14C]TEA and the effects of unlabeled substrates in the bathing medium on the rate of efflux of [14C]TEA from tubules preloaded with this labeled substrate were examined. Trans-stimulation was clearly demonstrated for the first time in intact tubules. However, of the compounds that significantly inhibited [14C]TEA uptake (TEA, amiloride, tetrapropylammonium, mepiperphenidol, isopropyl pyridinium, and choline), only TEA itself and choline produced a trans-stimulation of [14C]TEA uptake. Moreover, choline appeared to be at least as effective as TEA itself as a counter ion for TEA transport. Such trans-stimulation could play a physiological role in the net reabsorption of choline and the net secretion of most other organic cations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F386-F392
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology
Issue number3 30-3
StatePublished - 1991


  • Organic cations
  • Proximal tubules
  • Rabbits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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