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Peptides. 1985;6 Suppl 3:379-82.

Pancreatic peptides regulate Cl- secretion in the marine teleost gill.


Hormonal regulation of the ionoregulatory function of the branchial epithelium in marine teleosts has been investigated using an isolated gill preparation of the seawater-adapted flounder Platichthys flesus. Agents which are assumed to elevate the effective intracellular concentration of cyclic AMP caused a stimulation of Cl- secretion as determined by measurement of the transepithelial electrical potential difference in the isolated gill. The pancreatic endocrine glucagon may act as an endogenous regulator of ion excretion in the gill as this peptide stimulated the transepithelial potential. Another islet peptide, somatostatin, inhibited branchial electrogenic ion transport. Attempts to investigate the mode of action of these peptides by measuring cyclic AMP levels in isolated gills were unsuccessful, since it appears that the pool of cyclic nucleotide which specifies the epithelial Cl- transport rate is small compared to total cyclic AMP content. A second approach investigating the ability of somatostatin to inhibit the transepithelial potential in gills stimulated by different secretagogues suggested dual modes of action for this peptide.

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