Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 392, Issue 1, pp 67–71 | Cite as

Analysis of the ouabain-induced increase in transepithelial electrical resistance in the goldfish intestinal mucosa

  • J. A. Groot
  • H. Albus
  • R. Bakker
Transport Processes, Metabolism and Endocrinology; Kidney, Gastrointestinal Tract, and Exocrine Glands


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    The ouabain-induced increase in transmural resistance of goldfish intestinal mucosa stripped free from underlying muscular layers is analysed by comparing the resistance increase in normal and in low chloride saline, the resistance increase induced by anaerobic conditions and the resistance increase provoked by hypotonicity.

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    It is concluded that the collapse of the lateral intercellular space is the prime reason for the resistance increase and that the lateral intercellular space is maintained dilated by a ouabain-sensitive solute transport mechanism.

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    This mechanism can be either a rheogenic or a neutral Na/K-pump. In the latter case additional conditions have to be specified concerning values for ion concentrations in the lateral intercellular space and in the unstirred layer adjacent to the luminal membrane.

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    There are no indications for a chloride dependent mechanism involved in the maintenance of the width of the lateral intercellular spaces in the goldfish intestinal mucosa.


Key words

Goldfish intestinal mucosa Ouabain Transepithelial resistance Cell volume Hypotonicity Anaerobic conditions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Groot
    • 1
  • H. Albus
    • 1
  • R. Bakker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Animal PhysiologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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