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Endocrinology. 1999 Apr;140(4):1544-51.

Role of thyroid hormone in regulation of renal phosphate transport in young and aged rats.

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Department of Physiology, University of Zaragoza, Spain.


In the present study, we have examined the cellular mechanisms mediating the regulation of renal proximal tubular sodium-coupled inorganic phosphate (Na/Pi) transport by thyroid hormone (T3) in young and aged rats. Young hypothyroid rats showed a marked decrease in Na/Pi cotransport activity, which was associated with parallel decreases in type II Na/Pi cotransporter (NaPi-2) protein and messenger RNA (mRNA) abundance. In contrast, administration of long-term physiological and supraphysiological doses of T3 resulted in significant increases in Na/Pi cotransport activity, protein, and mRNA levels. Nuclear run-on experiments indicated that thyroid hormone regulates NaPi-2 mRNA levels by a transcriptional mechanism. In aged rats, although there were no changes in T3 serum levels (when compared with young animals), there were significant decreases in serum Pi concentration, renal Na/Pi cotransport activity, and NaPi-2 protein and mRNA abundance. These effects were mediated, at least in part, by a reduction in the transcriptional rate of the NaPi-2 gene, probably caused by, among other factors, a smaller response to the stimulatory action of T3. Compared with young rats, the old rats exhibited less sensitivity of the Na/Pi cotransporter to thyroid hormone, with-decreased effects in both hypothyroid (inhibitory) and hyperthyroid (stimulatory) animals.

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