Send to

Choose Destination
Physiol Rep. 2017 Aug;5(16). pii: e13379. doi: 10.14814/phy2.13379.

Evidence for ammonium conductance in a mouse thick ascending limb cell line.

Author information

Department of Physiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.
Department of Physiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia


In this study, we examined an ammonium conductance in the mouse thick ascending limb cell line ST-1. Whole cell patch clamp was performed to measure currents evoked by NH4Cl in the presence of BaCl2, tetraethylammonium, and BAPTA Application of 20 mmol/L NH4Cl induced an inward current (-272 ± 79 pA, n = 9). In current-voltage (I-V) relationships, NH4Cl application caused the I-V curve to shift down in an inward direction. The difference in current before and after NH4Cl application, which corresponds to the current evoked by NH4Cl, was progressively larger at more negative potentials. The reversal potential for NH4Cl was +15 mV, higher than the equilibrium potential for chloride, indicating that the current should be due to NH4+ We then injected ST-1 poly(A) RNA into Xenopus oocytes and performed two-electrode voltage clamp. NH4Cl application in the presence of BaCl2 caused the I-V curve to be steeper. The NH4+ current was retained at pH 6.4, where endogenous oocyte current was abolished. The NH4+ current was unaffected by 10 μmol/L amiloride but abolished after incubation in Na+-free media. These results demonstrate that the renal cell line ST-1 produces an NH4+ conductance.


Ammonium conductance; Xenopus oocytes; thick ascending limb

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center