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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Intracellular Mg2+ and magnesium depletion in isolated renal thick ascending limb cells.

Magnesium reabsorption and regulation within the kidney occur principally within the cortical thick ascending limb (cTAL) cells of the loop of Henle. Fluorometry with the dye, mag-fura-2, was used to characterize intracellular Mg2+ concentration ([Mg2+]i) in single cTAL cells. Primary cell cultures were prepared from porcine kidneys using a double antibody technique (goat anti-human Tamm-Horsfall and rabbit anti-goat IgG antibodies). Basal [Mg2+]i was 0.52 +/- 0.02 mM, which was approximately 2% of the total cellular Mg. Cells cultured (16 h) in high magnesium media (5 mM) maintained basal [Mg2+]i, 0.48 +/- 0.02, in the normal range. However, cells cultured in nominally magnesium-free media possessed [Mg2+]i, 0.27 +/- 0.01 mM, which was associated with a significant increase in net Mg transport, (control, 0.19 +/- 0.03 and low Mg, 0.35 +/- 0.01 protein.min-1) as assessed by 28Mg uptake. Mg(2+)-depleted cells were subsequently placed in high Mg solution (5 mM) and the Mg2+ refill rate was assessed by fluorescence. [Mg2+]i returned to normal basal levels, 0.53 +/- 0.03 mM, with a refill rate of 257 +/- 37 nM/s. Mg2+ entry was not changed by 5.0 mM Ca2+ or 2 mM Sr2+, Cd2+, Co2+, nor Ba2+ but was inhibited by Mn2+ approximately La3+ approximately Gd3+ approximately Zn2+ approximately Be2+ at 2 mM. Intracellular Ca2+ and 45Ca uptake was not altered by Mg depletion or Mg2+ refill, indicating that the entry is relatively specific to Mg2+. Mg2+ uptake was inhibited by nifedipine (117 +/- 20 nM/s), verapamil (165 +/- 34 nM/s), and diltiazem (194 +/- 19 nM/s) but enhanced by the dihydropyridine analogue, Bay K 8644 (366 +/- 71 nM/s). These antagonists and agonists were reversible with removal and [Mg2+]i subsequently returned to normal basal levels. Mg2+ entry rate was concentration and voltage dependent and maximally stimulated after 4 h in magnesium-free media. Cellular magnesium depletion results in increases in a Mg2+ refill rate which is dependent, in part, on de novo protein synthesis. These data provide evidence for novel Mg2+ entry pathways in cTAL cells which are specific for Mg2+ and highly regulated. These entry pathways are likely involved with renal Mg2+ homeostasis.[1]


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