Characterization of hormone-stimulated Na+ transport in a high-resistance clone of the MDCK cell line

Pflugers Arch. 1996 Aug;432(4):685-91. doi: 10.1007/s004240050186.


The Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cell line forms an epithelial monolayer which expresses many of the morphological and functional properties of the renal collecting duct. The C7 subclone of the parent line forms an epithelium which expresses many of the characteristics of principal cells. The MDCK-C7 subclone forms a high-resistance epithelium that is capable of vectorial ion transport. We have found that this epithelium responds to aldosterone, antidiuretic hormone (ADH) and insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF1) with increases in amiloride-sensitive Na+ transport. The responses to aldosterone and ADH follow time-courses that are consistent with the action of these hormones in vivo. This is the first demonstration of IGF1-induced Na+ reabsorption in a mammalian model system. Interestingly, a maximal response to any one of these natriferic factors does not inhibit a subsequent response to another hormone. These studies indicate that the C7 subclone retains many of the natriferic responses of the native principal cells and is an ideal model for studying hormonal modulation of Na+ transport.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aldosterone / pharmacology
  • Amiloride / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Biological Transport
  • Cell Line
  • Dogs
  • Hormones / pharmacology*
  • Insulin / pharmacology
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I / pharmacology
  • Kidney Tubules, Collecting / drug effects
  • Kidney Tubules, Collecting / metabolism*
  • Natriuresis / drug effects
  • Sodium / metabolism*
  • Sodium Channels / drug effects*
  • Sodium Channels / metabolism
  • Time Factors


  • Hormones
  • Insulin
  • Sodium Channels
  • Aldosterone
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I
  • Amiloride
  • Sodium