UT-B1 Mediates Transepithelial Urea Flux in the Rat Gastrointestinal Tract

UT-B1 Mediates Transepithelial Urea Flux in the Rat Gastrointestinal Tract The process of urea nitrogen salvaging plays a vital role in the symbiotic relationship between mammals and their intestinal bacteria. The first step in this process requires the movement of urea from the mammalian bloodstream into the gastrointestinal tract lumen via specialized proteins known as facilitative urea transporters. In this study, we examined both transepithelial urea fluxes and urea transporter protein abundance along the length of the rat gastrointestinal tract. Urea flux experiments that used rat gastrointestinal tissues showed significantly higher transepithelial urea transport was present in caecum and proximal colon (P < 0.01, n = 8, analysis of variance [ANOVA]). This large urea flux was significantly inhibited by 1,3,dimethylurea (P < 0.001, n = 8, ANOVA) and thiourea (P < 0.05, n = 6, unpaired t-test), both known blockers of facilitative urea transporters. Immunoblotting analysis failed to detect any UT-A protein within rat gastrointestinal tissue protein samples. In contrast, a 30-kDa UT-B1 protein was strongly detected in both caecum and proximal colon samples at significantly higher levels compared to the rest of the gastrointestinal tract (P < 0.01, n = 4, ANOVA). We therefore concluded that UT-B1 mediates the transepithelial movement of urea that occurs in specific distal regions of the rat gastrointestinal tract. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Membrane Biology Springer Journals

UT-B1 Mediates Transepithelial Urea Flux in the Rat Gastrointestinal Tract

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Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Life Sciences; Human Physiology ; Biochemistry, general
ISSN
0022-2631
eISSN
1432-1424
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00232-010-9331-9
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