Journal article

Intracellular distribution of labile Zn(II) and zinc transporter expression in kidney and MDCK cells

G Ranaldi, G Perozzi, A Truong-Tran, P Zalewski, C Murgia

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-RENAL PHYSIOLOGY | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2002

Abstract

Kidneys play a key role in zinc balance. The portion of Zn(II) that enters the glomerular filtrate is efficiently reabsorbed along the nephron through a mechanism yet to be identified. We used the Zn(II)-specific fluorophore Zinquin to visualize intracellular Zn(II) accumulated in the kidney epithelium and compared it with the intracellular localization of the vesicular zinc transporter ZnT4 both in vivo and in vitro. The Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cell line, stably overexpressing rat ZnT4, was used as a tissue culture model of the kidney epithelium. Zinquin labeling of MDCK cells revealed rapid internalization of Zn(II) and compartmentalization in intracellular bodies interspersed thr..

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