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Starting off, how do diuretics work?

Act by blocking specific transport functions of the renal tubules, thereby increasing urinary sodium chloride and water losses


By definition, diuretics are drugs that increase the rate of urine flow; however; clinically useful diuretics..?

increase the rate of excretion of Na and usually of Cl
--direct toward reducing extracellular fluid volume by decreasing total body NaCl content


Through the effects on sodium and water balance, diuretics decrease what?

both blood volume and venous pressure
--leading to a decrease in cardiac output and fall in arterial pressure
--decrease in venous pressure reduces capillary hydrostatic pressure, which decreases capillary fluid filtration and promotes capillary fluid reabsorption, thereby reducing edema


Next I will go through each portion of the renal tubule in regard to transport mechanism and drug interactions. Starting from the first reabsorptive site in the nephron is the proximal tubule. What is the percents of reabsorption for the various ions?

Na: 65%
NaHCO2: 85%
K: 65%
Water: 60%
All of the filtered glucose and AA are absorbed


Explain the mechanism of Na'K transport in the proximal tubule

1. Na enters the cell from the lumen across the apical membrane and is pumped out (To the blood) across the basolateral cell membrane by the Na/K ATPase
2. Reabsorption of Na and accompanying solutes establishes an osmotic gradient across the proximal tubule epithelium that is the driving force for water reabsorption


Can a proximally acting diuretic induce relatively large losses of sodium and water?

no, since most of the excess fluid delivered out of the proximal tubule can be reabsorbed more distally, particularly in the loop of Henle


How does the Na/H exchanger work in the proximal tubule?

Na/H exchanger is located in the luminal membrane allows Na to enter the cell from the tubular lumen in exchange for a proton (H) from inside the cell, whist the Na/K ATPase in the basolateral membrane pumps the reabsorbed Na into the interstitium to maintain low intracellular Na concentration.


In the proximal tubule the HCO3 permeability of the luminal membrane is low. However, the membrane harbors the enzyme carbonic anhydrase. What does this enzyme do?

The H secreted into the lumen combines with HCO3 to form H2CO3 (Carbonic acid), which is rapidly dehydrated to CO2 and OH by carbonic anhydrase
--the OH is hydrate to water
--CO2 freely diffuses into the cytoplasm of the proximal tubular epithelial cell
--intracellular CO2 is rapidly rehydrate back to H2CO3 by intracellular carbonic anhydrase
--after dissociation of H2CO3, the H is available for transport by the Na/H exchanger and the HCO3 is transported out of the cell by a basolateral membrane transporter


In the proximal tubule what system helps deliver diuretics to the luminal side of the tubule?

Organic acid secretory system
--the system is saturable and diuretic drugs in the bloodstream compete for transfer with endogenous organic acids, such as uric acid.
--therefore patients will have excess uric acid in the blood


Moving down the nephron to the thick descending loop of henle (TAL), what is the main transport?

Reabsorbs NaCl without accompanying water
--diluting the tubular fluid
-23% of the filtered Na+ load by means of the luminal membrane Na/k/2Cl cotransporter, NKCC2
--Cl exists the cell via a basolateral Cl channel.
-Na exists via the Na/K ATPase


Explain the additional repolarization of the cell that is accomplished by the apical K channel ROMK

--recycles back into the lumen the K imported into the cell via NKCC2
--therefore an overall lumen positive electrical potential is generated which drives the paracellular reabsorption of additional Na along with Ca2+ and Mg2+ from lumen to interstitium


Moving down the nephron to the distal convoluted tubule, what is the reabsorption here?

Between 4 to 8% of the filtered NaCl load
--Na enters the cell via the Na-Cl transporter (NCCT)
--Basolateral exit of Na is mediated by Na/K ATPase
--Cl exits by basolateral anion pathway
--transepithelial reabsorption of luminal calcium and magnesium occurs via ion specific channels


Finally the last piece of the nephron is the cortical collecting duct, what is the reabsorption in this part?

Final site of NaCl reabsorption
--determines the final Na concentration of the urine
--Luminal Na enters the cells of the cortical collecting duct via the epithelial Na channels, ENac, in the apical membrane
--K is also secreted into the lumen via ROMK channels to maintain tight control of plasma K concentrations, as well as to minimize the transepithelial potential difference resulting from Na reabsorption.


The cells of the cortical collecting duct express vasopressin (ADH) responsive water channels, what does ADH do?

Allowing ADH to control the permeability of the collecting tubule to water
--in the absence of ADH, the collecting tubule is impermeable to water and dilute urine is produced


Now lets cover diuretics. First we are going to discuss loop diuretics, the main one used is Furosemide. What does this drug do?

Selectively inhibit NaCl reabsorption in the thick ascending Loop of Henle
--by inhibiting luminal Na/K/2Cl cotransporter (NKCC2)


Loop diuretic agents are the most efficacious diuretic agents and are sometimes called high ceiling diuretics, why?

1. Large NaCl absorptive capacity of the TAL
2. Nephron segments past the thick ascending limb do not possess the reabsorptive capacity to rescue the flood of rejectate exiting the thick ascending limb.


By inhibiting the reabsorption of the NaCl, loop diuretics also?

Diminish the lumen positive potential that comes from K recycling
--this positive potential normally drives divalent cation reabsorption in the loop, and by reducing this potential, loop diuretics cause an increase in Mg and Ca excretion


All loop diuretics increase the urinary excretion of K, which predisposes the patient to what?

Metabolic Alkalosis


Loop diuretics are used in the management of edema associated with what?

Heart failure
Renal Disease


With all that quickly review the adverse effects of loop diuretics.

Most common are fluid and electrolyte imbalance
1. Ototoxicity: manifests as tinnitus, hearing impairment, deafness, vertigo, and a sense of fullness
2. Hyperuricemia: precipitate gout in some patients
3. Acute hypovolemia: depletion of total body Na
4. K depletion: Increased delivery of Na to the distal tubule, particularly when combined with activation of the renin system, leads to increased urinary excretion of K and H
5. Hypomagnesemia and Hypocalcemia: avoid in postmenopausal women
6. Other effects: hypersensitivity, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, photosensitivity, parasthesias, bone marrow depression and GI disturbances


Next we will discuss thiazide diuretics, Hydrochlorothiazide, Chlorthalidone, Metolazone. What is the action of thiazides?

Inhibit NaCl reabsorption in the distal convoluted tubule by blocking the Na/Cl cotranspoter (NCCT)


Thiazides can increase the excretion of K and acid. What effect is had on calcium?

Increase the reabsorption of calcium
--useful in the treatment of recurrent kidney stones


What are thiazides used in management for?

1. HTN
2. Tx of edema due to heart failure
3. Hypercalciuria
4. Premenstrual edema
5. Diabetes insipidus


Thiazides are a first line treatment for what?

First line antihypertensive drug in black/elderly patients who do not respond to ACEI's or ARBs


Thiazides have a long half life so what does this mean?

can take 1-3 weeks to produce a stable drop in blood pressure


What are the adverse effects of Thiazides?

1. Hypokalemia
2. Hyponatremia
3. Volume depletion: can cause orthostatic hypotension
4. Hyperuricemia: competition for the organic secretory pathway
5. Hypercalcemia
6. Hyperglycemia: decrease glucose tolerance and latent DM may be unmasked during therapy
7. Hyperlipidemia: increase LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and total TAGs
8. Hypersensitivity: photosensitivity or generalized dermatitis occurs


Moving on to the potassium sparing diuretics which are Aldosterone Antagonists: Spironolactone and Eplerenone. What is their role?

Prevent K secretion by antagonizing the effects of aldosterone at the late distal and cortical collecting tubules
--Aldosterone causes retention of salt and water and increases the excretion of K and H
--these drugs competitively inhibit the binding of aldosterone to its receptors


Spironolactone is used primarily in the management of edema associated with?

Excessive aldosterone excretion or with congestive heart failure
--severe HF is managed in order to increase survival and reduce hospitalization when added to standard therapy


What are the adverse effects of Potassium Sparing diuretics (Spironolactone)?

1. Gastric Upset and Peptic Ulcers
2. Endocrine effects: can have antagonist effects at other steroid receptors
3. Hyperkalemia: reduce urinary excretion of K
4. Hypercholoremic Metabolic Acidosis: inhibiting H secretion with K causes acidosis
5. Other effects: drowsiness, lethargy, ataxia, confusion
6. Gynecomastia


The next set of drugs are Potassium Sparing Diuretics- Inhibitors of Renal Epithelial Na Channels: Amiloride and Triamterene. What is their action?

Small increases in NaCl excretion and usually are employed for their antikaliuretic actions to offset the effects of other diuretics that increase K excretion.
--ENaC is inhibited and K secretion is inhibited


What are the adverse effects of Amiloride and Triamterene?

1. Hyperkalemia
2. Hyponatremia
Triamterene also can reduce glucose tolerance and induce photosensitization and has been associated with interstitial nephritis and renal stones