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1 Osmoregulation

2 Ionic and osmotic balance in multicellular organisms the interstitial fluid is the internal environment – composition resembles that of the ancient sea: high Na +, low K +, low Ca ++ and Mg ++ osmoregulatory organs maintain this environment isovolumic, isotonic, isoionic, isohydric, etc. further task: removal of poisonous end products of metabolism (mostly NH 3 from proteins) marine invertebrates: osmotic pressure and ionic constitution in equilibrium with seawater marine vertebrates: ion concentration is one third of seawater except in hagfish (Eptatretus - Cyclostomata), MgSO 4, Cl - much lower; in sharks-rays ion concentration is lower, but osmotic pressure is maintained by urea fresh water, terrestrial: ion concentration is one third; hyperosmotic to freshwater, hyposmotic to seawater 2/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Tab

3 Osmotic exchange plasma membrane separates fluids with different ionic composition, but equal osmotic pressure epithelium separates fluids that are different in both respects animals cannot isolate themselves from the environment: exchange of gases, absorption of nutritients; exception: Artemia salina obligate and regulated osmotic exchange obligate exchange depends on physical factors, that animals cannot readily regulate regulated exchange compensates for changes caused by the obligate only some parts of the epithelium participate in osmoregulation: gill, kidney, salt gland, enteric system 3/21

4 Obligate osmotic exchange occurs through the skin, respiratory epithelium and other epithelia in contact with environment influencing factors: –gradient: determines direction of exchange; a frog sitting in a pond takes up water through the skin; a marine fish is loosing water in the sea, but gains NaCl; a freshwater fish is taking up water, but loosing salt through the gill –surface: small animal – relatively larger surface, faster exchange, e.g. dehydration –permeability: transcellular and paracellular exchange (but: tight junction); skin of amphibians, gill of fish have high permeability skin of reptiles, desert amphibians, birds, mammals are much less permeable (leather containers), but mammals loose water through sweating –eating, metabolism, excretes: metabolic water is very important for desert animals, but also for marine mammals (seals put on weight eating fish, but loose weight burning fat when is feeding on invertebrates) –respiration: function of nose – condense water during exhalation – dropping nose in winter 4/21

5 Osmotic regulation I. most vertebrates are strict osmoregulators - exception: shark, ray and hagfish marine invertebrates are in equilibrium, other invertebrates, similar to vertebrates, are hyperosmotic in freshwater, hyposmotic in seawater some of the invertebrates is conformer, others are osmoregulators freshwater animals breathing from water –they are hyperosmotic: mOsm; freshwater in general below 50 mOsm – water inflow, salt outflow –to compensate, they produce dilute urine, take up salt with food and through active transport (fish, frog), decrease the permeability of their skin –they do not drink freshwater 5/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

6 marine animals breathing from water –invertebrates are in equilibrium –hagfish: Ca ++, Mg ++, SO 4 2- regulation only –shark-ray osmotic equilibrium due to urea accumulation, excess salt removed by rectal glands –fish are loosing water, drinking seawater; excess salt removed through the gill (chloride cells) marine animals breathing air –loosing water through respiratory epithelium and other epithelia –marine reptiles and birds are drinking seawater – cannot produce strongly hyperosmotic urine (just as fish) – excess salt removed through salt glands –marine mammals do not drink seawater, water is taken in with food and produced metabolically, urine is hyperosmotic –lion seal males spend 3 months on the beach without eating or drinking; seal pups do similarly for 8-10 weeks while mother is on the sea Osmotic regulation II. 6/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

7 Osmotic regulation III. terrestrial animals breathing air –if freshwater is available then water lost through breathing can be replenished by drinking, salt loss (urine, faces, sweating) compensated from food – sparing is important –problem of shipwrecked sailors: kidney can remove 6 g Na + /l urine, seawater contains 12 g Na + /l – drinking of seawater leads to salt gain –desert animals have two problems: heat and lack of water –kangaroo rat: remains in cool burrow during daytime, active only during the night; gaining water metabolically, water condensation in nose –camel: cannot hide in burrow; when dehydrated do not sweat, body temperature raises changing between 35-41° C; hyperosmotic or no urine, urea stored in tissues; faces dry 7/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

8 Overview 8/21

9 Water compartments human body contains 60% water on average, differences between male-female, young-old distributed in different compartments intracellularly 2/3, extracellularly 1/3 of the extracellular water: 3/4 interstitially, 1/4 in blood plasma barriers and, transport rules are already known measurement of volumes applying dilution principle: Evans-blue, inulin, tritiated water homeostasis is very important. cholera, diarrhea - dehydration, working by a furnace in tropical areas – water poisoning, severe burns – dehydration due to loss of skin the most important regulator in humans is the kidney, behavioral regulation is also important – metabolic water is limited 9/21

10 Human kidney osmoregulatory organs always contain transport epithelium (skin, gill, kidney, gut) : polarized - apical (luminal, mucosal) and basal (serosal) surfaces are different capacity of the transport epithelium is increased by its special structure: tubular organization functioning of the mammalian kidney is well known – though it does not represent all types of vertebrate kidneys 0,5% of body weight, 20-25% of cardiac output cortex, medulla, renal pyramid, renal pelvis, ureter, urinary bladder, urethra volume of urine is 1 l daily, slightly acidic (pH 6), composition, volume changes with the food and the requirements of the water homeostasis - beer, Amidazophen, etc. 10/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

11 The nephron functional unit of human kidney is the nephron afferent and efferent arterioles, in between glomerulus; Bowman capsule, proximal tubule, loop of Henle, distal tubule, collecting duct most of the nephrons (85%) are cortical, the rest juxtamedullary (15%) nephron steps in the formation of urine: –ultrafiltration –reabsorption –secretion the kidney is very important in pH regulation the kidney removes ammonia formed during the decomposition of proteins 11/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

12 Ultrafiltration in the kidney 15-25% of water and solutes is filtrated, 180 l daily – proteins and blood cells remain filtration depends on: –the hydrostatic pressure between the capillaries and the lumen of the Bowman capsule: = 40 mmHg –the colloid osmotic pressure of the blood: 30 mmHg – effective filtration pressure = 10 mmHg –the permeability of the filter: fenestrated capillaries, basal membrane (collagen + negative glycoproteins), podocytes (filtration slits between pedicels) voluminous blood supply due to the relatively low resistance – afferent arteriole is thick and short – high pressure in the glomerulus regulation of the blood flow: basal miogenic tone, paracrine effect of juxtaglomerular apparatus, sympathetic effect (afferent arteriole, glomerulus, podocyte) 12/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig Berne and Levy, Mosby Year Book Inc, 1993, Fig Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

13 Clearance clearance of a substance is the volume of plasma that is completely cleaned from the given substance in the kidney in every minute VU CP = VU that is C = P C - clearance, P – concentration in plasma, V – volume of urine in 1 minute, U – concentration in urine clearance of a substance that is neither reabsorbed nor secreted (e.g. inulin) equals the glomerulus filtration rate : GFR clearance of a substance that is not only filtrated, but completely secreted as well (e.g. PAH) equals the renal plasma flow : RPF knowing the hematocrit, renal blood flow (RBF) can be calculated 13/21

14 Tubular reabsorption I. 180 l primary filtrate is produced every day, but only 1 l is excreted, of 1800 g filtrated NaCl only 10 g remains in the urine the process of reabsorption has been successfully examined since the 1920s using the method of micropuncture role played by the subsequent sections of the tubules: –proximal tubule 70% of Na + is reabsorbed by active transport, Cl - and water follow passively, obligate reabsorption filtrate is isosmotic, but concentration of substances that are not reabsorbed increases 4-fold on the apical membrane of epithelial cells microvilli virtually all filtrated glucose and amino acids are reabsorbed using Na + dependent symporter tubular maximum for glucose: below 1.8 mg/ml complete reabsorption (normal value: 1.0 mg/ml), above 3.0 mg/ml linear increase – sugar in urine in diabetes Ca ++, phosphate and other electrolytes are reabsorbed as needed – see later 14/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

15 Tubular reabsorption II. –descending part of Henles loop no microvilli, few mitochondria – no active transport low permeability for NaCl and urea, high for water –thin ascending part of Henles loop no microvilli, few mitochondria – no active transport low permeability for water, high for NaCl –thick ascending part of Henles loop active reabsorption of Na + low water permeability –distal tubule active reabsorption of Na +, and passive reabsorption of water K +, H + and NH 3 transport as needed – see later (pH regulation) transport is regulated by hormones – facultative reabsorption –collecting duct active reabsorption of Na + at the cortical part, high urea permeability in the internal medullary part regulated water permeability (ADH) 15/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

16 Tubular secretion several substances are secreted from the plasma to the tubule in the nephron – best examined: different electrolytes (K +, H +, NH 3 ) organic acids and bases active transport – recognizes substances conjugated with glucuronic acid in the liver K + is reabsorbed in the proximal tubule and Henles loop (Na/2Cl/K transporter) if K + concentration is too high, secretion in the distal tubule depending on aldosterone and coupled to Na + reabsorption - K + acts directly on aldosterone, Na + through renin-angiotensin conflicting demands: insulin secretion is induced by high K + - excess K + is taken up by adipose tissue secretion of H + and NH 3 serves pH regulation 16/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

17 pH regulation I. normal pH 7.4 – 7.35 acidosis, 7.45 alkalosis normal functioning is possible between regulation: buffer systems, respiration, kidney Henderson-Hasselbalch equation: [A - ] pH = pK + log [HA] for CO 2 two equations; following rearrangement: [HCO 3 - ] pH = pK + log [ α CO 2 ] - solubility of CO 2 pK = 6.08, i.e. not good buffer at normal pH – as CO 2 and HCO 3 - can be easily modified (respiration, kidney) plasma proteins (14-15% Hgb, 6-8% other) pK is same as blood pH – good buffers phosphate concentration low, negligible effect 17/21

18 pH regulation II. respiratory alkalosis and acidosis: caused by hyper-, or hypoventilation metabolic alkalosis – e.g. Cl - loss because of vomiting metabolic acidosis – anaerobic energy production, ketosis in diabetes mellitus in the first case: kidney compensates, in the second: breathing (short-term) and the kidney (long-term) proximal tubule, Henles loop: Na + /H + exchanger, distal tubule, collecting duct: HCO 3 - uptake through A-cells in distal tubule and collecting duct: HCO 3 - secretion through B-cells in acidosis HCO 3 - level is low in the filtrate: NH 3 secretion – binds to H +, NH 4 + cannot go back, H + secretion increases 18/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

19 Hyperosmotic urine birds and mammals can produce hyperosmotic urine - water reabsorption in the collecting duct due to osmotic pressure differences common characteristic: Henles loop, the longer the loop, the more concentrated the urine – very long in kangaroo rat pressure difference is achieved through the counter-current principle Na+ transport in the ascending part of the Henles loop – do not enter the descending part, but attracts water leading to the same result in addition, urea present in high concentration because of the reabsorption of water, can only leave the tubule in the internal medulla osmotic pressure increases from the cortex to the medulla blood supply to the tubules (vasa recta) is running in parallel to the Henles loop, does not decrease the osmotic gradient 19/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, SL Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

20 Regulation of the kidney granular cells in the juxtaglomerular apparatus produce renin in response to a decrease in blood pressure or NaCl delivery to the distal tubule renin cuts off angiotensin I (10 amino acids) from angiotensinogen (glycoprotein) converting enzyme (mostly in the lung) cuts off 2 amino acids from angiotensin I – angiotensin II angiotensin II enhances aldosterone secretion in the adrenal gland, increases blood pressure through vasoconstriction and increases ADH production aldosterone increase Na+ reabsorption through 3 different ways: facilitation of the pump, ATP production, increased apical Na+ permeability ADH producing cells detect blood pressure and osmolality and are sensitive to alcohol atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) – released in the atria when venous pressure increases - inhibits renin, aldosterone, ADH production 20/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

21 Nitrogen removal part of the digested amino acids are reused, amino groups from the others have to be removed as NH 3 and NH 4 + are poisonous three forms: ammonia, urea, uric acid ammonia –poisonous – huge volume is needed to provide low concentration in the cell and high outward gradient –0.5 l water/1 g nitrogen –fish, aquatic invertebrates, mammals in low amount –transport in the form of glutamine from the liver to the kidney urea –less poisonous, 0.05 l water/1 g nitrogen –synthesis requires ATP –vertebrates, except fish, synthesize urea in the ornithine-urea cycle, fish and invertebrates from uric acid –hominoids cannot metabolize uric acid (from nucleic acids) – can accumulate and lead to gout uric acid –low solubility: l water/1 g nitrogen –white precipitate - guano in birds (uric acid, guanine) –fish, reptiles, terrestrial arthropods 21/21 Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig , 50.

22 Extracellular ion concentrations Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Tab

23 Osmoregulation in animals Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

24 Structure of mammalian kidney Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

25 Structure of a nephron Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

26 Glomerular filtration Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

27 Podocytes of the capsule Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

28 Podocytes of the capsule - EM Berne and Levy, Mosby Year Book Inc, 1993, Fig. 41-7

29 Juxtaglomerular apparatus Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

30 Na + reabsorption Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

31 Processes of reabsorption Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

32 Mechanism of K + secretion Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

33 pH regulation Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

34 Release of ammonia Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

35 Counter-current principle Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, SL

36 Mechanism of urine concentration Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

37 Osmotic pressure in the kidney Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

38 Renin-angiotensin system Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

39 Actions of aldosterone Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

40 Regulation of ADH secretion Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig

41 Methods of nitrogen release Eckert: Animal Physiology, W.H.Freeman and Co., N.Y.,2000, Fig , 50.


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