free cytosolic sodium concentration
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Summary Cytosolic free sodium concentration ([Na+]i) was investigated in intact platelets from 5 hypertensive patients with primary aldosteronism (unilateral adenoma in 3 patients, and adrenal hyperplasia in 2 patients) and 21 normotensive control subjects. [Na+]i was measured using a novel sodium-sensitive fluorescent dye technique. [Na+]i was significantly decreased in platelets from patients with primary aldosteronism compared to control subjects (21.9 ± 4.1 mM vs 35.8 ± 2.2 mM, mean ± SEM,P 〈 0.05). After administration of the mineralocorticoid antagonist spironolactone in 4 patients [Na+]i tended to be higher in platelets although the differences did not reach statistical significance (26.3 ± 7.2 mM vs 18.2 ± 2.4 mM,P = 0.125). From the present results it may be concluded that intracellular sodium is decreased by aldosterone-induced activation of Na-K-ATPase. That activation may be partly blocked by spironolactone.
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