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What are the fundamental differences in composition between intracellular and extracellular fluids?

- high potassium
- low sodium
- low chloride
- low calcium

- low potassium
- high sodium
- high chloride
- high calcium


What is the approximate total aqueous volume obtained within an average 70kg medical student?

42 litres- 60% of the body weight


What proportion of this fluid is intracellular and extracellular?

1/3- 14l extracellular
2/3- 28l intracellular


In what compartments does the extracellular fluid distribute?
What is the volume of fluid in each compartment?

11l to interstitial water
3l to circulating blood volume


What are the most important membrane transport mechanisms involved in the control of intracellular Na+, K+ and Ca2+ concentrations?

- Sodium and potassium ATPase
- sodium and calcium exchanger
- Calcium ATPase- PMCA
- Mitochondrial calcium uniport


What would the immediate consequence be of a sudden increase/ decrease in the extracellular sodium concentration for a cell?

Sodium concentration affects osmosis

Increased sodium extracellularly:
- cell crenation due to osmosis

Decrease sodium extracellularly:
- cell lysis due to osmosis- water moves into the cell


What are the consequences of an increase in the permeability of blood capillaries to plasma proteins?

Plasma moves out of the capillaries into the interstitial space, as well as the protein.
Osmolality of interstitial space increases die to the movement of proteins, therefore water also moves out causing swelling - oedema


How might cells use membrane transport systems to maintain a constant cell volume?

Using sodium pumps, as water follows sodium by osmosis

NaKCl (co- transporter)


In what ways can membrane transport processes contribute to the regulation of intracellular pH?

Concentration of H+ ions controls the pH

Acid extruders:
- Na+/ H+ exchanger
- sodium bicarbonate co- transporter

Base extruders:
- Cl-/ HCO3 exchanger


Define membrane permeability

Selectively permeable cell membrane is one that allows certain molecules or ions to pass through by means of active or passive transport


What are the important roles of transport processes?

- maintenance of ionic composition
- maintenance of intracellular pH
- Regulation of cell volume
- concentration of metabolic fuels
- expulsion of metabolic waste products and building blocks
- generation of ion gradients necessary for the electrical excitability of nerve/ muscle cells


Define passive diffusion

Passive transport is a movement of biochemical and other atomic/ molecular substances across cell membranes without need of energy input

Passive transport is dependent on permeability and concentration gradient
Passive transport increases linearly with increasing concentration gradient


Define facilitated diffusion

Facilitated diffusion is the process of spontaneous passive transport of molecules or ions across a cell membrane via specific transmembrane integral proteins

Models for facilitated transport:
- protein pores- channels
- ping- pong proteins - carriers
- flip- flop proteins

ligand- gated ion channels- open/ close in response to ligand binding to a receptor site

voltage- gated ion channels - open/ close in response to the voltage potential difference across the membrane

Gap junction (connexin)- closed when cellular calcium conc rises above 10uM


Define active transport

Active transport allows the transport of ion of molecules against an unfavourable concentration and/ or concentration gradient

Energy directly or indirectly for ATP hydrolysis


Explain the transport equation

/\G= RT log (c2/c1)

R= gas constant
T= temperature
C1 and C2= concentration inside and outside

Active -->+ /\G
Passive --> -/\G


Define uniport

Uniport- only one molecule is transported at a time

E.g. Protein pump in mitochondria - Ca2+ Mg2+ ATPase
High affinity
Low capacity


What are the two types of co- transport molecules

Symport- transports two different substances in the same direction

Antiport- transports two different substances in the opposite direction


Relate membrane transport information to clinically useful examples


Outward flow of K+ down its concentration gradient leads to uptake of serotonin in the presynaptic cleft and by platelet with Na+ ion -> symport

Fluoxetine increases serotonin action making blood sticky

- transporters in cystic fibrosis


Relate membrane transport information to clinically useful examples




Explain the importance of controlling the concentration of calcium within the cell

Intracellular Ca2+ -> 0.0001mM
Extracellular Ca2+ -> 1mM
10,000 fold difference in concentration across the plasma membrane

High intracellular calcium concentration is toxic to cells
Cells signal by small changes in intracellular concentrations


Outline the major physiological role of sodium potassium ATPase

- antiport
- 3Na+ expelled and 2K+ enter
- sodium pump creates Na+ and K+ gradient- necessary for electrical excitability

Drives secondary active transport:
- ion homeostasis
- intracellular Ca2+ concentration
- control of intracellular pH
- regulation of cell volume
- Absorption of Na+ in epithelia
- Nutrient uptake in the small intestine, e.g. Glucose


Outline the major physiological role of plasma membrane Ca2+ ATPase (PMCA)

- removes Ca2+ from the cell
- regulator of calcium concentration in the extracellular space
- pump powered by hydrolysis of ATP
- effective at binding to calcium when its conc is very low


Outline the major physiological role of sarcoplasm in reticulum Ca2+ (SERCA)

- resides in the SR
- the rate at which SERCA moves Ca2+ across the SR membrane can be controlled by the regulatory protein phospholaben (PLB/PLN)
- usually inhibited by PLB


Outline the major physiological role of: sodium calcium exchanger (NCX)

- role in expelling intracellular Ca2+ during cell recovery
- exchanges 3 Na+ for 1Ca2+. --> increase positive charge
- electrogenic- current flows in the direction of the Na+ gradient
- possible role in cell toxify during ischaemia/ reperfusion

- ATP depleted- sodium pump inhibited
- NCX reverses Na+ pumped out and Ca2+ in


Outline the major physiological role of: anion exchanger (chloride bicarbonate exchanger)

- principal regulators of pH
- exchange HCO3- for Cl-
- vital role in acid- base movements in the stomach, pancreas, intestine, kidney, reproductive organs and the central nervous system


Summary of the control of resting calcium

Primary active transport
- PMCA expels Ca2+ out of the cell
High affinity, low capacity (removes residual Ca2+)
- SERCA accumulates Ca2+ into the SR
High affinity, low capacity (removes residual Ca2+)

Secondary active transport
- Na+ Ca2+ exchange (NCX)
Low affinity, high capacity (removes most Ca2+)

Facilitated transport
- mitochondrial Ca2+ uniport
- operate at high Ca2+ to buffer potentially damaging Ca2+


Describe how ion transport contributes to cellular pH regulation

Acidification can be opposed by expelling H+ ion or inward movement of bicarbonate ions
Acid extruders:
- Na+/ H+ exchanger (NHE)
- Na+ dependent Cl-/HCO3- exchanger

Alkalisation is opposed by expelling bicarbonate via the anion exchanger
Base extruders:
- Cl-/ HCO3- exchanger (Anion exchanger)


Explain the role of Na+/ H+ exchanger (NHE)

- exchanges extracellular Na+ for intracellular H+
- electroneutral charge
- regulate pH
- regulates cell volume- proton movement results in osmosis
- activated by growth factors
- inhibited by amiloride - a potassium sparing diuretic


How ion transport contributed to cell volume regulation

- transport of osmolality 'active ions' e.g. Na+, K+ and Cl- out of the cell
- water follows

Mechanisms to resist cell swelling- extrude ions
Mechanisms to resist cell shrinking- influx ions

(See diagrams for further revision )


Explain how ion transport contributes to renal bicarbonate reabsorption

- if filtration occurred on its own
- then Na+ and HCO3- ions would leave the body
- H2O would follow
- the patient would rapidly dehydrate

The kidney reabsorbs all the bicarbonate filtered into the proximal tubule- to retain base for pH buffering capacity


Explain how ion transport contributes to renal Na+ ion handling

Almost all Na+ that appears in the glomerular filtrate is reabsorption from the kidney nephron

Driving force for the reabsorption i the low Na+ concentration maintained by Na+K+ATPase activity in the tubular cells


Define osmosis

The passive movement of water across the plasma membrane

Water is small and non- hydrophobic


Define osmotic gradient

water will diffuse passively across lipid bilayer up the concentration gradient of a solute


Define aquaporins

Water channels that facilitate the movement of water


Explain diuretic drug actions to control water balance and fluid loss

Fluid loss is required to treat oedema or hypertension

Block of one or more of the Na+ reabsorption mechanisms with diuretic drugs
Increase Na+ excretion to produce hyperosmotic urine- excretion of water


How does the uptake of glucose from the blood into adipose, brain, liver and skeletal muscle cells differ that in intestinal and kidney epithelial cells?

Glucose concentration gradient favours uptake.
Glucose enters by facilitated transport down the glucose concentration gradient via glucose transporters.
A family of glucose transport proteins (GLUT-1-7) exists with different kinetic properties to suit the needs of individual tissues.
In some cells, these transporters are not permanently within the plasma membrane, but need insulin to stimulate their translocation from the cytoplasm when specific glucose uptake is required, such as in the adipose, brain, liver and skeletal muscle cell


How does insulin stimulate the rate of uptake of glucose into adipose tissue and skeletal muscle?

Recruits GLUT-4 glucose transporters from internal vesicular membranes to the plasma membrane to increase the transport capacity of the membrane.


What prevents the efflux of glucose from cells in tissues such as adipose and skeletal muscle when the circulating glucose concentration falls to resting levels in the post- adsorptive period after a meal?

Glucose is rapidly converted to glucose-6-phosphate on entering the cell
By the actions of hexokinase in the liver
and glucokinase in other cells
Thus, the intracellular glucose concentration never rises high enough to reverse the concentration gradient.


Apart from glucose, what other metabolites use the sodium gradient for their uptake into cells against the concentration gradient?

Amino acids- there is a family of known transporters for different groups of related amino acids.