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Characterization of the electrogenic Na+ -K+ pump in bipolar cells isolated from carp retina


, : Characterization of the electrogenic Na+ -K+ pump in bipolar cells isolated from carp retina. Neuropharmacology 37(8): 1053-1061

The electrogenic Na+ -K+ pump current (Ip) in carp bipolar cells was investigated under voltage-clamp conditions. The Ip was activated in a concentration-dependent manner by adding external K+ (Ko+) and was completely suppressed with 10(-4) M ouabain (EC50=1.23 mM; Hill coefficient=1.36). The Ip was suppressed in a concentration-dependent manner by ouabain (IC50=1.90 mM; Hill coefficient=0.93). The Ip did not show a distinct voltage dependency either with or without Na(o)+. A large outward shift of the holding current was observed by completely removing Na(o)+. In the presence of Na(o)+, a steady Ip was observed even in the absence of internal Na+ (Na(i)+). These results suggest that continuous Na+ influxes exist across the membrane. When external and internal Na+ was removed, a transient Ip was observed (half decay time (t1/2) was 5.0+/-0.6 s), thus indicating that the transient Ip was activated by the residual Na(i)+. In the absence of Na(o)+, the transient Ip was also observed with lower than 8 mM Na(i)+. The t1/2 depended on Na(i)+. However, a steady Ip was observed with 10 mM Na(i)+ or more. The functional properties of the Ip are discussed.

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