Correlation of Na+,K+-ATPase content and plasma membrane surface area in adapted and de-adapted salt glands of ducklings.

J. L. Merchant, D. S. Papermaster, R. J. Barrnett

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Abstract

During salt-water adaptation, an increase occurs in Na+,K+-ATPase content and surface area of the basolateral plasma membrane of the principal cell of the duck salt gland. To determine the degree to which these changes are correlated, accepted morphometric methods were used to determine numerical cell densities and plasma membrane surface densities of peripheral and principal cells. After adaptation, the plasma membrane surface area per principal cell was five times greater than in controls. Following de-adaptation, the plasma membrane content in principal cells returned to 1.9 times control levels. Two other cell constituents, mitochondria and lipid droplets, displayed similar quantitative changes. Na+,K+-ATPase content increased about fourfold with adaptation and decreased to near control levels with de-adaptation. Thus, changes in Na+,K+-ATPase content and basolateral plasma membrane surface area in adapting and de-adapting secretory epithelia of the salt gland occur nearly in parallel. These quantitative data enable Na+,K+-ATPase synthesis and degradation to be investigated in relation to membrane biogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-246
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Cell Science
Volume78
StatePublished - Oct 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology

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