Hepatocyte membrane water permeability measured by silicone layer filtering centrifugation

Sergio A. Gradilone, J. Elena Ochoa, Fabiana García, M. Cecilia Larocca, José M. Pellegrino, Raúl A. Marinelli

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We previously found that hepatocytes are able to control their osmotic membrane water permeability (Pf) by regulating the number of surface aquaporin water channels. Hepatocyte Pf has been assessed by phase-contrast microscopy and cell image analysis, an established but relatively laborious procedure. We report here an alternative method to assess hepatocyte Pf based on a single silicone layer filtering centrifugation system. Isolated rat hepatocytes were incubated in hypotonic or isotonic buffers containing 3H2O as a tracer and, then, were filtered by rapid centrifugation through a silicone layer down to a lysis layer. Osmotically driven radioactivity (i.e., 3H2O) within hepatocytes was calculated as the difference between the dpm in lysis media measured under hypotonic and isotonic conditions. The Pf calculated from the initial slope of the radioactivity-versus-time curve was 18 μm/s at 4°C. Hepatocytes treated with dibutyryl cyclic AMP, to increase Pf through the plasma membrane insertion of aquaporins, showed an increased Pf value of 37 μm/s. The aquaporin blocker dimethyl sulfoxide selectively prevented the agonist-induced hepatocyte Pf. These data are in good agreement with the corresponding values determined by quantitative phase-contrast microscopy; thus, the method developed allows the rapid and reliable measurement of hepatocyte Pf.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-107
Number of pages4
JournalAnalytical Biochemistry
Volume302
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Centrifugation
Silicones
Hepatocytes
Permeability
Membranes
Aquaporins
Water
Phase-Contrast Microscopy
Radioactivity
Microscopic examination
Bucladesine
Cell membranes
Dimethyl Sulfoxide
Surface waters
Image analysis
Rats
Buffers
Cell Membrane

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  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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Gradilone, S. A., Ochoa, J. E., García, F., Larocca, M. C., Pellegrino, J. M., & Marinelli, R. A. (2002). Hepatocyte membrane water permeability measured by silicone layer filtering centrifugation. Analytical Biochemistry, 302(1), 104-107. https://doi.org/10.1006/abio.2001.5533

Hepatocyte membrane water permeability measured by silicone layer filtering centrifugation. / Gradilone, Sergio A.; Ochoa, J. Elena; García, Fabiana; Larocca, M. Cecilia; Pellegrino, José M.; Marinelli, Raúl A.

In: Analytical Biochemistry, Vol. 302, No. 1, 01.03.2002, p. 104-107.

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Gradilone, SA, Ochoa, JE, García, F, Larocca, MC, Pellegrino, JM & Marinelli, RA 2002, 'Hepatocyte membrane water permeability measured by silicone layer filtering centrifugation', Analytical Biochemistry, vol. 302, no. 1, pp. 104-107. https://doi.org/10.1006/abio.2001.5533
Gradilone SA, Ochoa JE, García F, Larocca MC, Pellegrino JM, Marinelli RA. Hepatocyte membrane water permeability measured by silicone layer filtering centrifugation. Analytical Biochemistry. 2002 Mar 1;302(1):104-107. https://doi.org/10.1006/abio.2001.5533
Gradilone, Sergio A. ; Ochoa, J. Elena ; García, Fabiana ; Larocca, M. Cecilia ; Pellegrino, José M. ; Marinelli, Raúl A. / Hepatocyte membrane water permeability measured by silicone layer filtering centrifugation. In: Analytical Biochemistry. 2002 ; Vol. 302, No. 1. pp. 104-107.
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