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Explain tubular reabsorption of Na and H2O in PCT

-NaKATPase on basolateral membrane sets up an Na gradient
-Na symporter on apical membrane allows Na to enter the cell down its concentration gradient
-Water follows by osmosis


Name the Na transporters of the PCT



Name the Na transporters of the loop of henle



Name the Na transporters of the DCT



Name the Na transporters of the late DCT and CD



Describe Na resorption and K secretion in Late DCT and CD

-Occurs in principle cells
-NaKATPase on basolateral membrane sets up a Na Gradient
-Na enters the cell via a channel called ENaC
-Influx of Na+ produces a lumen negative potential which favours K+ secretion through K channels


What are the effects of aldosterone at a molecular level?

-Increases expression of NaKATPase, ENaC and K channel


What is meant by a potassium sparing diuretic?

-A diuretic which also decreases potassium secretion in its mechanism of action eg spironolactone


Which diuretics work by direct action? What is meant by this?

-Loop Diuretics
-Thiazide Diuretics
-K sparing diuretics
-> The diuretics work by directly acting on Na transporters to block them and prevent resorption and this water resorption


Which channels do loop diuretics work on?

-NKCC2 in LoH


Which channels do thiazide diuretics work on?

-NCCT in early DCT


Which channels do K sparing diuretics work on?

-ENaC in late DCT and CD


How do direct action diuretics reach their target site?

-They are secreted into the lumen in the PCT


Explain how a diuretic would work by antagonising the action of aldosterone? Name an example

-Aldosterone increases the expression of NaKATPase, ENaC and K channels in late DCT and CD, thus it works to increase Na and water resorption
-Competitive inhibition of aldosterone would decrease expression of these channels and thus increase renal excretion of Na and water
eg spironolactone


Explain how some diuretics work by modification of filtrate. Give an example

-These diuretics are small molecules which are free filtered at the glomerulus but are not reabsorbed
-They increase the osmolarity of the filtrate and thus decrease water resorption
eg mannitol


Explain how inhibiting the activity of carbonic anhydrase would ace as a diuretic

-Inhibition of CA -> decreased CO2 and H20 entering the cell
-Decreased activity of NHE
-Decreased Na and H2O resorption


Give an example of a loop diuretic



Give an example of a diuretic which inhbits ENaC



Which diuretics work in PCT?

-CA inhibitors


What is essential to ensure the continual action of NKCC2 in the loop?

-Diffusion of K back into the lumen so it can be used again


Which diuretic also helps to drive reabsorption of Ca and Mg?

-Loop diuretics


Why does decreasing resorption in the loop increase renal excretion?

-Segments downstream have limited capacity for reabsorption and thus cannot reabsorp the flodding of Na and water


Why are loop diuretics used in HF?

-Diuretic effect
-Vaso and venodilation reduce after/pre load


When are loop diuretics used?

To treat fluid retention and oedema in
-Nephrotic syndrome
-renal failure
To treat hypercalcaemia as impairs Ca resorption in the loop


When are thiazide diuretics used?



Which diuretics are the least potent at Na resorption?

-K sparing


In what situations are K sparing diuretics contraindicated and why?

-When pt on ACE inhibitor, K supplements or patients with renal impairment
-Can lead to life threatening hyperkalaemia


Explain why ACE inhibitor and K sparing diuretics can cause hyperkalaemia when used together

-ACE inhibitor blocs angiotensin I to angiotensin II
-Decrease angiotensin II results in decreased aldosterone
-Decreased aldosterone increases k retention as K secretion is decreased
-K aring diuretics also cause K retention
-Together can lead to hyperkalaemia


When is spironolactone used?

-Hypertension due to primary hyperaldosteronism (conn's syndrome)
-Ascites and oedema in cirrhosis
-In addition to loop diuretics in HF


What groups of diuretics are not currently used?

-Inhibitors of carbonic anhydrase
-osmotic diuretics