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Characterization of the ion transport responses to ADH in the MDCK-C7 cell line

The Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cell line expresses many characteristics of the renal collecting duct. The MDCK-C7 subclone forms a high-resistance, hormone-responsive model of the principal cells, which are found in distal sections of the renal tubule. The electrophysiological technique of short-circuit current measurement was used to examine the response to antidiuretic hormone (ADH) in the MDCK-C7 clone. Three discrete electrogenic ion transport phenomena can be distinguished temporally and by the use of inhibitors and effectors. Initially the cells exhibit anion secretion through the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). The presence of CFTR was confirmed by immunoprecipitation followed by Western blotting. The CFTR-mediated anion secretion is transient and is followed, in time, by a verapamil- and Ba(+)-sensitive anion secretion or cation absorption and, finally, by Na+ reabsorption via epithelial Na+ channels (ENaC). In contrast to other studies of MDCK cells, we see no indication that the presence of CFTR functionally inhibits ENaC. The characterization of the various ion transport phenomena substantiates this cell line as a model renal epithelium that can be used to study the hormonal and metabolic regulation of ion transport


Lahr, TF., Record, RD., Hoover, DK., Hughes, C., & Blazer-Yost, BL. (2000). Characterization of the ion transport responses to ADH in the MDCK-C7 cell line. Pflügers Archiv, 439(5), 610-617.