Measurements of Electrical Potentials and Ion Fluxes on Single Renal Tubules
Experimental technics are described which permit the measurements of stable electrical potential differences across the cell membrane of single renal tubule cells and across single tubules. The inside of the tubule lumen is normally found to be electrically negative to the outside, while the cell interior is found to be negative to both the peritubular fluid and the tubule lumen. Such electrical measurements, in conjunction with known concentration gradients and flux measurements of various ions across single renal tubules, permit some deductions to be made on the driving forces involved in the movement of various ion species across the luminal and peritubular cell membrane of renal tubule cells.
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