Methods for Studying Tubular Transport of Organic Substances

  • E. E. Windhager
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


Advances in knowledge of the mechanisms by which renal tubules transport organic compounds can hardly be separated from the advances in methods to study renal function. Almost every new technical approach sooner or later has led to new quantitative information and often to new concepts regarding the handling of organic substances. Thus, with the introduction of clearance techniques came the quantitative description of the reabsorptive and secretory capacity of the whole kidney for a large number of organic compounds [1], as well as the conceptual development of carrier-mediated tubular transport processes [1]. Micropuncture studies [2,3,4], which became possible only by the development of chemical ultramicroanalysis, have demonstrated that different nephron segments which transport organic solutes do so not only at different rates but even in different directions across the tubular wall. The polarity of cellular transport of organic compounds was fully appreciated only after the method of tubular microperfusion in vivo and in vitro had become available, a technique which was particularly useful to arrive at kinetic characterizations of transport processes.


Renal Artery Tubular Epithelium American Physiological Society Nephron Segment Tubular Fluid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. E. Windhager
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyCornell University Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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