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The protein tyrosine kinase pathway is not involved in the regulation of K+ transport across the rat colon

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The protein tyrosine kinase inhibitor, genistein, is known to activate the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) Cl channel and to inhibit K+ currents across the rat colonic epithelium. The aim of the present study is to answer the question whether these effects are involved in the regulation of transepithelial K+ transport. Therefore, the action of genistein on K+ transport in rat proximal and distal colon was studied by measuring unidirectional fluxes, uptake and efflux of Rb+ in mucosa-submucosa preparations. All effects of genistein (5 × 10−5 mol L−1) were tested in the presence of a low concentration of forskolin (2 × 10−7 mol L−1), because prestimulation of the cAMP pathway has been shown to be a prerequisite for a secretory action of genistein. Forskolin caused an increase in the serosa-to-mucosa flux of Rb+ (J Rbsm) thereby stimulating net K+ secretion in the proximal and distal colon. None of these effects was further enhanced after administration of genistein. Neither mucosal uptake of Rb+, representing mainly the activity of the H+-K+-ATPase in the distal colon, nor serosal Rb+ uptake, representing, e.g. the activity of the Na+-K+-2Cl cotransporter, were affected by genistein. Also the efflux of Rb+ across the apical or the basolateral membrane, an indicator for the apical and basolateral K+ conductance, was unchanged in the presence of genistein. These results demonstrate that the K+ channels inhibited by genistein are not involved in transepithelial K+ transport.

Keywords: H+-K+-ATPase; K+ channels; K+ transport; Na+-K+-2 Cl− cotransporter; electrolyte transport; genistein; rat colon

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institut für Veterinär-Physiologie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany

Publication date: April 1, 1999


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