Volume-regulatory taurine release from a human lung cancer cell line. Evidence for amino acid transport via a volume-activated chloride channel.


Exposure of a human lung epithelial cancer cell-line to hypo-osmotic media led to a marked increase in the rate of efflux from the cells of taurine, a non-essential sulfonic amino acid. The osmotically-activated taurine efflux was inhibited by a range of known Cl- channel blockers, the most potent of which were NPPB and 1,9-dideoxyforskolin. These reagents… (More)