Roxana Toriano

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Cell pH regulation was investigated in the T84 cell line derived from epithelial colon cancer. Cell pH was measured by ratiometric fluorescence microscopy using the fluorescent probe BCECF. Basal pH was 7.17 ± 0.023 (n= 48) in HEPES Ringer. After acidification by an ammonium pulse, cell pH recovered toward normal at a rate of 0.13 ± 0.011 pH units/min in(More)
This work presents experimental results combined with model-dependent predictions regarding the osmotic-permeability regulation of human aquaporin 1 (hAQP1) expressed in Xenopus oocyte membranes. Membrane elastic properties were studied under fully controlled conditions to obtain a function that relates internal volume and pressure. This function was used(More)
Transepithelial water permeability was measured in LLC-PK1 cells stably transfected with aquaporins (AQPs): AQP1, AQP2, and a chimera of AQP1 and AQP2 containing 41 amino acids of the C-terminus of AQP2. Transepithelial water fluxes (Jw) were not previously reported in cells transfected with aquaporins. Jw were now recorded each minute using a specially(More)
T84 is an established cell line expressing an enterocyte phenotype whose permeability properties have been widely explored. Osmotic permeability (POSM), hydraulic permeability (PHYDR) and transport-associated net water fluxes (JW-transp), as well as short-circuit current (ISC), transepithelial resistance (RT), and potential difference (deltaVT) were(More)
Caco-2 cells, originated in a human colonic cancer, are currently used as model systems to study transepithelial transports. To further characterize their water permeability properties, clone P1 Caco-2 cells were cultured on permeable supports. At confluence, the transepithelial net water movement (J W), mannitol permeability (P s), and electrical(More)
The biophysical models describing the structure of water pores or channels have evolved, during the last forty years, from a pure 'black box' approach to a molecular based proposal. The initial 'sieving pore' in which water and other molecules were moving together was replaced by a more restrictive model, where water is moving alone in a 'single file' mode.(More)
This work studies water permeability properties of human aquaporin 1 (hAQP1) expressed in Xenopus laevis oocyte membranes, applying a technique where cellular content is replaced with a known medium, with the possibility of measuring intracellular pressure. Consequences on water transport—produced by well-known anisotonic gradients and by the intracellular(More)
This review focuses on studies of water movement across biological membranes performed over the last 50 years. Different scientific approaches had tried to elucidate such intriguing mechanism, from hypotheses emphasizing the role of the lipid bilayer to the cloning of aquaporins, the ubiquitous proteins described as specific water channels. Pioneering and(More)
Uroguanylin (UGN) has been proposed as a key regulator of salt and water intestinal transport. Uroguanylin activates cell-surface guanylate cyclase C receptor (GC-C) and modulates cellular function via cyclic GMP (cGMP), thus increasing electrolyte and net water secretion. It has been suggested that the action of UGN could involve the Na(+)/H(+) exchanger,(More)
The regulated Cl(-) secretory apparatus of T84 cells responds to several pharmacological agents via different second messengers (Ca(2+), cAMP, cGMP). However, information about water movements in T84 cells has not been available. In the absence of osmotic or chemical gradient, we observed a net secretory transepithelial volume flux (J(w) = -0.16 +/- 0.02(More)