Lingual epithelium of spontaneously hypertensive rats has decreased short-circuit current in response to NaCl.
Alterations in ion transport associated with hypertension have been found in a variety of organs. We used a modified Ussing chamber to compare the NaCl dependence of the short-circuit current across the dorsal lingual epithelium in vitro from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) with that from Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY). The short-circuit current in response to mucosal NaCl was less in SHR than in WKY at hyperosmotic concentrations (above 0.15 M and up to 2.0 M). Since ion transport in the lingual epithelium has been found to play a role in early events of salt taste transduction, the attenuation in the short-circuit current in hypertensive animals may be a factor in the enhanced salt preference of SHR compared with WKY.
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