Basolateral anion transport mechanisms underlying fluid secretion by mouse, rat and guinea-pig pancreatic ducts

M. Paz Fernández-Salazar, Patricia Pascua, José Julián Calvo, María A. López, R. Maynard Case, Martin C. Steward, José I. San Román

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    Fluid secretion by interlobular pancreatic ducts was determined by using video microscopy to measure the rate of swelling of isolated duct segments that had sealed following overnight culture. The aim was to compare the HCO3- requirement for secretin-evoked secretion in mouse, rat and guinea-pig pancreas. In mouse and rat ducts, fluid secretion could be evoked by 10 nM secretin and 5 μM forskolin in the absence of extracellular HCO3-. In guinea-pig ducts, however, fluid secretion was totally dependent on HCO3-. Forskolin-stimulated fluid secretion by mouse and rat ducts in the absence of HCO3- was dependent on extracellular Cl- and was completely inhibited by bumetanide (30 μM). It was therefore probably mediated by a basolateral Na+-K+-2Cl- cotransporter. In the presence of HCO3-, forskolin-stimulated fluid secretion was reduced ∼ 40% by bumetanide, ∼ 50% by inhibitors of basolateral HCO3- uptake (3 μM EIPA and 500 μM H2DIDS), and was totally abolished by simultaneous application of all three inhibitors. We conclude that the driving force for secretin-evoked fluid secretion by mouse and rat ducts is provided by parallel basolateral mechanisms: Na+-H+ exchange and Na+-HCO3- cotransport mediating HCO3- uptake, and Na+-K+-2Cl- cotransport mediating Cl- uptake. The absence or inactivity of the Cl- uptake pathway in the guinea-pig pancreatic ducts may help to account for the much higher concentrations of HCO3- secreted in this species. © The Physiological Society 2004.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)415-428
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Physiology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2004


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