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Channel-mediated water movement across enclosed or perfused mouse intrahepatic bile duct units

Abstract We previously reported the development of reproducible techniques for isolating and perfusing intact intrahepatic bile duct units (IBDUs) from rats. Given the advantages of transgenic and knockout mice for exploring ductal bile formation, we report here the adaptation of those techniques to mice and their initial application to the study of water transport across mouse intrahepatic biliary epithelia. IBDUs were isolated from livers of normal mice by microdissection combined with enzymatic digestion. After culture, isolated IBDUs sealed to form intact, polarized compartments, and a microperfusion system employing those isolated IBDUs developed. A quantitative image analysis technique was used to observe a rapid increase of luminal area when sealed IBDUs were exposed to a series of inward osmotic gradients reflecting net water secretion; the choleretic agonists secretin and forskolin also induced water secretion into IBDUs. The increase of IBDU luminal area induced by inward osmotic gradients and choleretic agonists was reversibly inhibited by HgCl 2 , a water channel inhibitor. With the use of a quantitative epifluorescence technique in perfused mouse IBDUs, a high osmotic water permeability ( P f = 2.5–5.6 × 10 −2 cm/s) was found in response to osmotic gradients, further supporting the presence of water channels. These findings suggest that, as in the rat, water transport across intrahepatic biliary epithelia in mice is water channel mediated. epithelial cells aquaporins perfusion Footnotes This work was supported by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Grant DK-24031 (N. F. LaRusso), the Mayo Foundation, and the American Liver Foundation (A.-Y. Gong). Address for reprint requests and other correspondence: N. F. LaRusso, Center for Basic Research in Digestive Diseases, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St., SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (E-mail: larusso.nicholas@mayo.edu ). The costs of publication of this article were defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. The article must therefore be hereby marked “ advertisement ” in accordance with 18 U.S.C. Section 1734 solely to indicate this fact. 10.1152/ajpcell.00162.2001 Copyright © 2002 the American Physiological Society http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AJP - Cell Physiology The American Physiological Society

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