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PubMed | Div. of Nephrology Hypertension
Type: Journal Article | Journal: American journal of physiology. Renal physiology | Year: 2014

We previously reported internephron heterogeneity in the tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF) response 1 wk after subtotal nephrectomy (STN), with 50% of STN nephrons exhibiting anomalous TGF (Singh P, Deng A, Blantz RC, Thomson SC. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 296: F1158-F1165, 2009). Presently, we tested the theory that anomalous TGF is an adaptation of the STN kidney to facilitate increased distal delivery when NaCl balance forces the per-nephron NaCl excretion to high levels. To this end, the effect of dietary NaCl on the TGF response was tested by micropuncture in STN and sham-operated Wistar rats. An NaCl-deficient (LS) or high-salt NaCl diet (HS; 1% NaCl in drinking water) was started on day 0 after STN or sham surgery. Micropuncture followed 8 days later with measurements of single-nephron GFR (SNGFR), proximal reabsorption, and tubular stop-flow pressure (PSF) obtained at both extremes of TGF activation, while TGF was manipulated by microperfusing Henles loop (LOH) from the late proximal tubule. Activating TGF caused SNGFR to decline by similar amounts in Sham-LS, Sham-HS and STN-LS [SNGFR (nl/min) = -16 2, -11 3, -11 2; P = not significant by Tukey]. Activating TGF in STN-HS actually increased SNGFR by 5 2 nl/min (P < 0.0005 vs. each other group by Tukey). HS had no effect on the PSF response to LOH perfusion in sham [PSF (mmHg) = -9.6 1.1 vs. -9.8 1.0] but eliminated the PSF response in STN (+0.3 0.9 vs. -5.7 1.0, P = 0.0002). An HS diet leads to anomalous TGF in the early remnant kidney, which facilitates NaCl and fluid delivery to the distal nephron.

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