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Renal Concentrating Defect and Organic Osmolytes

Paradoxical Changes of Renal Medullary Taurine Contents in Potassium-Depleted Rats
  • Takeshi Nakanishi
  • Yoshihiro Takamitsu
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 403)


Under long-term hyperosmotic conditions, renal cells accumulate organic osmolytes preferentially over inorganic ions, which maintain osmotic balance between the inside and the outside of the cells6, 7. Unlike “perturbing” solutes such as NaCl, KCl and urea, the organic osmolytes have relatively weak inhibitory action or even protective effects on enzymes and various cellular processes15. Organic osmolytes play an important role in the osmoregulation of the kidney. However, the relationship between renal concentrating defect and organic osmolytes has not been well clarified. In kidney in situ, medullary hypertonicity is constructed by medullary cells themselves. So, delayed or decreased accumulation of osmolytes in the renal medulla may be the cause of renal concentrating defects. In this study, we chose K+-depleted rats as a model of renal concentrating defect. In K+ depletion, a renal concentrating defect is a prominent and consistent finding. Several defects associated with urinary concentrating ability have been reported, including prostaglandin overproduction9, blunted responsiveness to antidiuretic hormone2, reduced papillary solute content4, abnormal medullary oxidative metabolism3, 13, altered ADH release10, and primary polydipsia1. Decreased accumulation of organic osmolytes in renal medulla could explain some of these abnormalities associated with the concentrating defect.


Water Deprivation Renal Medulla Pretreatment Group Organic Osmolytes Urea Content 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeshi Nakanishi
    • 1
  • Yoshihiro Takamitsu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Kidney and DialysisHyogo College of MedicineNishinomiyaJapan

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