Journal article

Potassium adaptation: 39K-NMR evidence for intracellular compartmentalization of K .

WR Adam, AP Koretsky, MW Weiner

Am J Physiol | Published : 1988


To investigate the effects of K+ uptake on the intracellular environment, both 39K-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and K+-selective electrodes were used to measure K+ activity with acute K+ loading in control and K+-adapted rats. These results were then compared with tissue K+, measured by flame photometry. There was a lower NMR K+ visibility (ratio of NMR signal to tissue content) in muscle and liver in K+-adapted rats, compared with controls before and after an acute K+ load. This lower K+ visibility in K+-adapted rats was confirmed in liver homogenate with the K+-specific electrode. In liver homogenates from control and K+-adapted rats, addition of RbCl (300 mumol/g) increased the NMR K+..

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