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, 6 (2), 108-26

Measurement of the Composition of Epithelial Cells From the Toad Urinary Bladder

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Measurement of the Composition of Epithelial Cells From the Toad Urinary Bladder

A D Macknight et al. J Membr Biol.

Abstract

Two methods are described by which epithelial cells from toad urinary bladders can be obtained for analysis of their intracellular water and electrolyte contents. In the first, a method similar to that described in 1968 by J. T. Gatzy and W. O. Berndt, sheets of epithelial cells are scraped from bladders after incubation in sodium Ringer's and collagenase (400 mg/liter). The scraped cells were incubated under various conditions and their composition subsequently determined. Oxygen consumption was also measured. In the second method, epithelial cells were scraped from hemibladders removed from chambers. These cells were then analyzed without further incubation. The morphology of epithelial cells obtained by each method is illustrated. Both methods yield similar results and evidence is provided that the derived intracellular values obtained truly reflect the composition of the epithelial cells.

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