Red blood cell sodium-proton exchange in hypertensive blacks with insulin-resistant glucose disposal.
To define the potential pathogenic role of hyperinsulinemia as a mediator of alterations in sodium transport, we have examined red blood cell Na(+)-H+ and Na(+)-Li+ exchanges in a young adult black population characterized for blood pressure and insulin-mediated glucose disposal. Normotensive and mildly hypertensive blacks (blood pressure, 120 +/- 2/76 +/- 2 and 139 +/- 3/94 +/- 2 mm Hg, respectively) with a mean age of 26.1 years were studied for insulin sensitivity with the euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp (molar index of insulin sensitivity, M/I = moles glucose metabolized/insulin in milliliters of plasma). Na(+)-H+ exchange (U = mmol/L cell.h) was measured before and after the insulin clamp as a function of cell pH to determine the maximum transport rate. In the normotensive subjects, 18 were insulin sensitive (M/I = 9.37 +/- 0.6 x 10(4)) and 4 were insulin resistant (M/I = 3.64 +/- 0.6 x 10(4)). In the hypertensive subjects, 4 were insulin sensitive (M/I = 9.15 +/- 1.1 x 10(4)) and 16 were insulin resistant (M/I = 3.02 +/- 0.3 x 10(4)). The maximum rate of Na(+)-H+ exchange was significantly higher in all hypertensive vs normotensive individuals (35 +/- 3 vs 23 +/- 3 U, P < .005). Na(+)-H+ exchange activity was higher in insulin-resistant vs insulin-sensitive hypertensive subjects (40 +/- 3 vs 20 +/- 2 U, P < .001) but not in insulin-resistant normotensive subjects. Na(+)-Li+ exchange was not different in hypertensive and normotensive individuals but was higher in all insulin-resistant compared with all insulin-sensitive subjects (0.26 +/- 0.03 vs 0.16 +/- 0.02 U, P < .01). Na(+)-Li+ exchange also was higher in insulin-resistant vs insulin-sensitive normotensive subjects (0.35 +/- 0.03 vs 0.15 +/- 0.02 U, P < .001) and in insulin-resistant hypertensive subjects vs insulin-sensitive normotensive subjects (0.24 +/- 0.03 vs 0.15 +/- 0.02 U, P < .001). A stepwise multiple regression analysis for all variables revealed that with Na(+)-H+ exchange as a dependent variable the main determinant was blood pressure, which in turn had insulin sensitivity as the main determinant. In conclusion, these results indicate that in hypertensive blacks, insulin-resistant glucose disposal is strongly associated with elevated red blood cell Na(+)-H+ exchange activity. Thus, despite impaired insulin-mediated glucose disposal, cellular Na+ gain via enhanced activity of Na(+)-H+ exchange is not blunted in hypertensive blacks.
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