Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 354, Issue 3, pp 241–248 | Cite as

The intrarenal distribution of125I-albumin in the Syrian hamster

  • P. Möller
  • R. Taugner


The intrarenal distribution of radioiodinated human serum albumin (125RISA) after intravenous injection was studied in Syrian hamsters by scintillation counting and frozen section autoradiography.

After 15, 30, and 60 min the virtual plasma albumin space in the renal cortex of the hamster represented 6.49, 7.13, and 8.06% respectively of the kidney tissue volume. From the cortex to the renal papilla the albumin space increased to about 30% of the tissue volume. In comparison to this the albumin space in the renal cortex of the rat was about 20%, and in the renal papilla about 33% (11).

Frozen section autoradigraphy indicated that the distribution of radioalbumin in the renal cortex of the Syrian hamster is limited mainly to the kidney vessels, being especially noticeable in the glomerular capillaries. Toward the papilla increasingly greater (mainly extratubular) activity could be observed not only intravascularly but also interstitially. In the cortex of the rat kidney, on the other hand, radioactive albumin was accumulated (probably by filtration and reabsorption) predominantly in the proximal tubular epithelium.

Within 30 min the kidneys of the rat excreted more than 10 times as much125I than the hamster kidneys. These results (substantially less cortical accumulation and urinary excretion of radioalbumin in the Syrian hamster) indicate that, in contrast to the rat, obviously much less albumin is filtered (and then accumulated by proximal reabsorption) by the Syrian hamster glomeruli. This suggests that the Syrian hamster kidney is more suitable than the rat kidney for determining the interstitial, cortical, albumin space.

Key words

125Iodine-human Albumin Albumin Filtration Protein Accumulation Interstitial, Cortical Albumin Space Syrian Hamster 


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  • P. Möller
    • 1
  • R. Taugner
    • 1
  1. 1.I. Physiologisches Institut der UniversitätHeidelbergGermany

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