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1. We have previously shown that the cytosolic acid concentration changes in skeletal muscle during contraction in spontaneously hypertensive rats and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats in vivo. We have now found that this change was unaffected by 20% inhaled CO2 or by 4,4'-di-isothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-disulphonate. This is evidence that HCO3- exchange in vivo is not important in the control of cytosolic acid concentration during skeletal muscle contraction in either spontaneously hypertensive or Wistar-Kyoto rats. 2. We have also previously shown that the difference in cytosolic acid response during contraction between spontaneously hypertensive and Wistar-Kyoto rats is due to increased Na+/H+ antiporter activity in the spontaneously hypertensive rats. Our current findings suggest that this increase in Na+/H+ antiporter activity is more likely to be due to a change in the Km of the antiporter than to a change in the Vmax. We estimate that the Km of the antiporter changes in hypertension from pH 7.16 to 7.33. 3. We did not find any differences between adult spontaneously hypertensive and Wistar-Kyoto rats with regard to resting intracellular and extracellular pH and resting intracellular and extracellular HCO3- concentrations. In addition, we did not find any evidence of a difference in skeletal muscle HCO3-/Cl- exchange between adult spontaneously hypertensive and Wistar-Kyoto rats. 4. At rest, skeletal muscles of the spontaneously hypertensive and Wistar-Kyoto rats have the same lactate production, HCO3-/Cl- exchange and arterial partial pressure of CO2. In addition, we can also calculate that at a resting intracellular pH of 7.05 in the spontaneously hypertensive rats, the antiporter is 66% saturated.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)


Journal article


Clin Sci (Lond)

Publication Date





743 - 750


4,4'-Diisothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-Disulfonic Acid, 4-Acetamido-4'-isothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic Acid, Animals, Antiporters, Bicarbonates, Carbon Dioxide, Carrier Proteins, Chlorides, Cytosol, Hydrogen, Hydrogen-Ion Concentration, Hypertension, Ion Exchange, Male, Membrane Proteins, Muscle Contraction, Muscles, Rats, Rats, Inbred SHR, Rats, Inbred WKY, Sodium