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Physiological and molecular mechanisms of inorganic phosphate handling in the toad Bufo bufo

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andreas Werner


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The aim of this study was to elucidate mechanisms of Pi handling in toads (Bufo bufo). We introduced toads to experimental solutions of various [Pi] and high Pi diets and measured urine and lymph [Pi]. Both lymph and urine [Pi] increased with increasing Pi loads, indicating Pi absorption across skin and intestine. An initial fragment of a NaPi-II type transporter was amplified from kidney, and the full-length sequence was obtained. The protein showed the molecular hallmarks of NaPi-IIb transporters. When expressed in Xenopus oocytes the clone showed unusual pH dependence, but apparent affinity constants for Pi and Na+ were in the range of other NaPi-II transporters. Expression profiling showed that the transporter was present in skin, intestine and kidney. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction assays on dissected renal tubules indicated expression in the collecting duct system. Collecting tubules and ducts were isolated, perfused and microelectrode recordings showed electrogenic Pi transport in apical and basolateral membranes. Taken together, our results show that Pi is handled by intestine, kidney and skin. The presently cloned NaPi-IIb is a likely candidate involved in Pi absorption across these epithelia. In addition, electrophysiological experiments suggest that the collecting duct system plays an important role in Pi homeostasis. © 2006 Springer-Verlag.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mobjerg N, Werner A, Hansen SM, Novak I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology

Year: 2007

Volume: 454

Issue: 1

Pages: 101-113

ISSN (print): 0031-6768

ISSN (electronic): 1432-2013

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s00424-006-0176-0

PubMed id: 17165072


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