Corticosterone increases Na+-K+-ATPase activity in rat cortisal collecting ducts with inhibition of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase

H. Tsuganezawa, M. Hayashi, Y. Fujii, Y. Yamaji, M. Iyori, T. Saruta

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To examine a physiological role of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11OHSD) in the aldosterone target tissues, we measured Na+-K+-ATPase activity in the cortical collecting ducts (CCD) from adrenalectomized rats, which were treated with a physiological dose of corticosterone and/or carbenoxolone (an inhibitor of 11OHSD). The Na+-K+-ATPase activity in adrenalectomized rats was not significantly changed by either corticosterone alone or carbenoxolone alone, whereas its activity showed a significant increase only in the rats that received both corticosterone and carbenoxolone. In these rats, the plasma concentration of corticosterone was within the physiological range (10-6M) and the plasma carbenoxolone concentration was about 10-7M. Furthermore, the direct effect of carbenosolone was examined in the microdissected CCB because it has been reported that carbenoxolone per se had an affinity for the aldosterone receptor. Na+K+-ATPase activity in the microdissected CCD was increased in a dose-dependent manner after a 3-hour incubation with carbenoxolone, and this effect was completely inhibited by canrenoic acid (an aldosterone antagonist), However, the minimal carbenoxolone concentration exerting a stimulatory effect was 10-6M, which is about 10 times higher than the plasma concentration of carbenoxolone in the in vivo treated rats. These results indicate that an inhibition of 11OHSD but not a direct action of carbenoxolone induces an increase in Na+-K+-ATPase activity, which is a well-known aldosterone effect in the CCD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-72
Number of pages7
JournalRenal Physiology and Biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jan 1


  • 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase
  • Carbenoxolone
  • Collecting duct
  • Corticosterone
  • Na-K-ATPase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Nephrology


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