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Gonadotropin stimulation of potassium secretion and sodium absorption by brook trout salvelinus fontinalis sperm duct epithelium

, : Gonadotropin stimulation of potassium secretion and sodium absorption by brook trout salvelinus fontinalis sperm duct epithelium. General & Comparative Endocrinology 75(1): 118-128

The sperm duct epithelium from mature spermiating brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) was mounted in vitro to examine control of Na+ absorptive and K+ secretory transport. Na+ absorption (measured as the short-circuit current) and K+ secretion (measured using 86Rb as tracer) were stimulated by 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine and cyclic AMP while unstimulated tissues had no net ion transport. Purified chum salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Con AII carbohydrate-rich gonadotropin produced a rapid, sustained rise in Rb+ secretion and Na+ uptake in a log linear dose-dependent manner. Addition of gonadotropin to either apical (mucosal) or basolateral (serosal) sides evoked the reponse, but addition to the apical side produced the more rapid effect, indicating that receptors for the hormone are present on both sides of the transporting cells and suggesting that subepithelial tissue may slow the response to serosally added hormone. This is the first indication that gonadotropin may directly regulate ion transport functions of the blood-testis barrier of vertebrates and in this way regulate seminal plasma ionic composition.


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