A model for control of the transport rate and osmolarity of epithelial fluid (isotonic transport) is presented by using an analogy with the control of temperature and flow rate in a shower. The model brings recent findings and theory concerning the role of aquaporins in epithelia together with measurements of epithelial paracellular flow into a single scheme. It is not based upon osmotic equilibration across the epithelium but rather on the function of aquaporins as osmotic sensors that control the tonicity of the transported fluid by mixing cellular and paracellular flows, which may be regarded individually as hyper- and hypo-tonic fluids, to achieve near-isotonicity. The system is built on a simple feedback loop and the quasi-isotonic behavior is robust to the precise values of most parameters. Although the two flows are separate, the overall fluid transport rate is governed by the rate of salt pumping through the cell. The model explains many things: how cell pumping and paracellular flow can be coupled via control of the tight junctions; how osmolarity is controlled without depending upon the precise magnitude of membrane osmotic permeability; and why many epithelia have different aquaporins at the two membranes.
The Journal of Membrane Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 25, 2006
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