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Members of the WNK family of serine/threonine kinases have been implicated as important modulators of salt homeostasis, regulating the balance between renal sodium reabsorption and potassium excretion. Gain-of-expression mutations in the WNK1 gene uncouple Na(+) and K(+) balance and cause a familial disorder of diminished renal potassium excretion,(More)
It was demonstrated previously that low dietary potassium (K) intake stimulates Src family protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) expression via a superoxide-dependent signaling. This study explored the role of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) in mediating the effect of superoxide anions on PTK expression and ROMK (Kir 1.1) channel activity. Western blot(More)
We used the patch-clamp technique to study the effect of adenosine on the apical 70-pS K channel in the thick ascending limb (TAL) of the rat kidney. Application of 1 microM cyclohexyladenosine (CHA), an adenosine analog, stimulated apical 70-pS K channel activity and increased the product of channel open probability and channel number (NP(o)) from 0.34 to(More)
A cDNA encoding a putative aquaporin was cloned from the ovaries of the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis (Say) (Acari: Ixodidae). The encoded protein is most similar to the vertebrate aquaporin 9 protein family. Localization by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) shows expression in the gut and ovaries of adult females but not(More)
We used the patch-clamp technique to study the effect of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) on the apical 70-pS K channel in the isolated thick ascending limb (TAL) of the rat kidney. The isolated TAL was cut open to gain access to the apical membrane. Addition of 25 nM IGF-I stimulates the apical 70-pS K channel and increases channel activity, defined by(More)
The kidney plays a key role in maintaining potassium (K) homeostasis. K excretion is determined by the balance between K secretion and absorption in distal tubule segments such as the connecting tubule and cortical collecting duct. K secretion takes place by K entering principal cells (PC) from blood side through Na+, K+ -ATPase and being secreted into the(More)
The renal outer medullary K(+) (ROMK) channel plays a critical role in renal sodium handling. Recent genome sequencing efforts in the Framingham Heart Study offspring cohort (Ji W, Foo JN, O'Roak BJ, Zhao H, Larson MG, Simon DB, Newton-Cheh C, State MW, Levy D, and Lifton RP. Nat Genet 40: 592-599, 2008) recently revealed an association between suspected(More)
A multiplex family was identified with biochemical and clinical features suggestive of Bartter's syndrome (BS). The eldest sibling presented with developmental delay and rickets at 4 years of age with evidence of hypercalciuria and hypokalemia. The second sibling presented at 1 year of age with urinary tract infections, polyuria, and polydipsia. The third(More)
We used Western blotting to examine the expression of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) in the renal cortex and outer medulla and employed the patch-clamp technique to study the effect of PI3K on the ROMK-like small-conductance K (SK) channels in the cortical collecting duct (CCD). Low K intake increased the expression of the 110-kDa alpha-subunit(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the impact of pre-pregnancy body mass index on baby's physical growth and nutritional status. METHODS A total of 491 pairs of mother-infant were divided into 3 groups according to mother's pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI): a pre-pregnancy low BMI group (BMI<18.5 kg/m², n=93), a pre-pregnancy normal BMI group (18.5 kg/m² ≤ BMI<24.0(More)
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