ATP masks stretch activation of epithelial sodium channels in A6 distal nephron cells.

The mechanosensitivity of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) is controversial. Using cell-attached patch-clamp techniques, we found that mechanical stretch stimulated ENaC in A6 distal nephron cells in only three of nine cell-attached patches. However, stretch consistently activated ENaC after apical ATP was scavenged with apical hexokinase plus glucose… CONTINUE READING