Furosemide-induced urinary acidification is caused by pronounced H+ secretion in the thick ascending limb.

de Bruijn, P., Larsen, C., Himmerkus, N., Frische, S., Bleich, Markus, Praetorius, H. and Leipziger, J. (2015) Furosemide-induced urinary acidification is caused by pronounced H+ secretion in the thick ascending limb. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, 309 . p. 60. DOI 10.1152/ajprenal.00154.2015.

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The loop diuretic furosemide inhibits NaCl reabsorption in the thick ascending limb (TAL). In addition, furosemide acidifies the urine, which is traditionally explained by increased Na+ loading to the distal tubule causing an activation of H+ secretion via H+-ATPase in α-intercalated cells. The inability to acidify urine in response to furosemide serves to diagnose distal renal tubular acidosis (dysfunction of α-intercalated cells). Since the TAL is important for acid/base regulation, we speculated that it is involved in furosemide-induced urinary acidification. Luminal furosemide (100 μM) caused major, stable, and reversible intracellular alkalization (7.27 ± 0.06 to 7.6 ± 0.04) in isolated perfused murine medullary TAL and pronounced H+ secretion. This H+ secretion was fully inhibited with luminal amiloride (1 mM) and the Na+/H+ exchanger (NHE)3-specific antagonist #4167 (1 μM). Moreover, furosemide triggered a substantial drop of intracellular Na+ concentration in the medullary TAL. These results suggest that the furosemide-induced H+ secretion is a consequence of a drop in intracellular Na+ concentration, increasing the driving force for NHE3. Intriguingly, in whole animal experiments, furosemide-induced urinary acidification and net acid excretion were markedly reduced by specific NHE3 inhibition. Furthermore, the furosemide-induced urinary acidification was partially preserved during epithelial Na+ channel inhibition with benzamil. These results provide new insights in the mechanism of furosemide-induced urinary acidification and emphasize the role of the TAL in renal acid/base handling.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 0 Si 699
Keywords: renal transport loop of Henle acid excretion distal renal tubular acidosis
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1152/ajprenal.00154.2015
ISSN: 1931-857X
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 10:57
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 11:42
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/32443

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