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Pflugers Arch. 1998 Jan;435(2):227-30.

Regulatory volume increase in rat pancreatic beta-cells.

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Cell Physiology Group, School of Biological Sciences, Stopford Building, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT, UK.


This study investigated regulatory volume increase (RVI) in rat pancreatic beta-cells. Volume changes in isolated beta-cells were measured by a video-imaging method. Cell shrinkage was induced by exposure to solutions made hypertonic by the addition of 100 mM mannitol. In HEPES-buffered solutions, beta-cells exhibited an RVI which was almost completely abolished by 10 microM bumetanide. These data indicate that Na+-2Cl--K+ cotransporters make a major contribution to RVI in beta-cells. In HCO3--buffered solutions, however, an RVI was observed in the presence of 10 microM bumetanide. This bumetanide-insensitive component of RVI was inhibited by 100 microM amiloride or 100 microM 4,4'-diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulphonic acid (DIDS). These data suggest that, in addition to the Na+-2Cl--K+ cotransporter, functionally coupled Na+-H+ exchangers and Cl--HCO3- exchangers may also contribute to RVI in pancreatic beta-cells.

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