The Journal of Membrane Biology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 199–216 | Cite as

Ion and water balance in isolated epithelial cells of the abdominal skin of the frogLeptodactylus ocellatus

  • Edit A. Zylber
  • Catalina A. Rotunno
  • Marcelino Cereijido


Isolated epithelial cells were obtained from abdominal skin of the frogLeptodactylus ocellatus by a trypsination-dissection method. As estimated by nigrosin staining, the amount of damaged cells is only 6.6±0.7 per cent. When washed briefly after incubation the ionic concentrations in these cells were (mm): K+ 14.20±4.0; Na+ 15.8±1.8; and Cl 57.2±5.3. If they are not washed, the concentration of K+ remains essentially the same (131.2±1.4mm) but the Na+ concentration is much higher (38.5±0.9mm). It is shown that a large fraction of Na+ is contained in a compartment that is freely connected with the bathing solution. Ouabain (10−4m) elicits a marked decrease of K+, a slight decrease of Cl, and an increase of Na+ content. In an equal period, low temperature (3°C) produces a similar effect, although less marked than ouabain.


Epithelial Cell Human Physiology Ionic Concentration Water Balance Large Fraction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edit A. Zylber
    • 1
  • Catalina A. Rotunno
    • 1
  • Marcelino Cereijido
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biophysics, CIMAE and Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and BiochemistryUniversity of Buenos AiresArgentina

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