Electron-probe X-ray microanalysis of sodium ion content in vascular smooth muscle cells from spontaneously hypertensive and normotensive rats.

Abstract

In aortic smooth muscle cells from 12 spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) of the Münster strain and 11 normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY), the intracellular Na+ content was measured by electron-probe microanalysis. Measurements were performed in aortic cryosections 3 microns thick; the Na+ content was 12.5 +/- 2.4 g/kg dry weight in SHR versus 6.96 +/- 1.1 g/kg dry weight in WKY (P less than 0.01). Thus, aortic smooth muscle cells from SHR are characterized by a markedly elevated intracellular Na+ content compared with normotensive cells. This may either be due to genetically determined disturbances in transmembrane Na+ transport or to a circulating factor affecting Na+ transport. Cellular Na+ handling may be disturbed in SHR aortic smooth muscle as it is in hypertensive blood cells.

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@article{Zidek1989ElectronprobeXM, title={Electron-probe X-ray microanalysis of sodium ion content in vascular smooth muscle cells from spontaneously hypertensive and normotensive rats.}, author={Walter Zidek and Ernst Rudolf Krefting and Klaus Kisters and Christopher Spieker and K. H. Rahn}, journal={Journal of hypertension. Supplement : official journal of the International Society of Hypertension}, year={1989}, volume={7 6}, pages={S150-1} }