Fructose Stimulates Na/H Exchange Activity and Sensitizes the Proximal Tubule to Angiotensin II
The proximal nephron reabsorbs 60% to 70% of the fluid and sodium and most of the filtered bicarbonate via Na/H exchanger 3. Enhanced proximal nephron transport is implicated in hypertension. Our findings show that a fructose-enriched diet causes salt sensitivity. We hypothesized that fructose stimulates luminal Na/H exchange activity and sensitizes the proximal tubule to angiotensin II. Na/H exchange was measured in rat proximal tubules as the rate of intracellular pH (pHi) recovery in fluorescent units/s. Replacing 5 mmol/L glucose with 5 mmol/L fructose increased the rate of pHi recovery (1.8±0.6 fluorescent units/s; P<0.02; n=8). Staurosporine, a protein kinase C inhibitor, blocked this effect. We studied whether this effect was because of the addition of fructose or removal of glucose. The basal rate of pHi recovery was first tested in the presence of a 0.6-mmol/L glucose and 1, 3, or 5 mmol/L fructose added in a second period. The rate of pHi recovery did not change with 1 mmol/L but it increased with 3 and 5 mmol/L of fructose. Adding 5 mmol/L glucose caused no change. Removal of luminal sodium blocked pHi recovery. With 5.5 mmol/L glucose, angiotensin II (1 pmol/L) did not affect the rate of pHi recovery (change, –1.1±0.5 fluorescent units/s; n=9) but it increased the rate of pHi recovery with 0.6 mmol/L glucose/5 mmol/L fructose (change, 4.0±2.2 fluorescent units/s; P<0.02; n=6). We conclude that fructose stimulates Na/H exchange activity and sensitizes the proximal tubule to angiotensin II. This mechanism is likely dependent on protein kinase C. These results may partially explain the mechanism by which a fructose diet induces hypertension.
- Received October 2, 2013.
- Revision received October 22, 2013.
- Accepted November 27, 2013.
- © 2013 American Heart Association, Inc.