Effect of temperature change on the permeability of eel rete capillaries.
The changes in the permeability properties of the rete capillaries of the eel in response to temperature shifts were studied during countercurrent perfusion at constant flow and pressure. Tracers and oxygen were added to the arterial perfusate. From the ratio of end concentrations of arterial to venous capillaries divided by surface area, calculated from rete weight, a value for the ratio of permeability to flow, P/F, with dimensions in centimeters-2 was estimated. Because flow and surface area are constant, this provides an index of how permeability varies with time. A group of paracellular (albumin, sucrose, and sodium) and cellular (antipyrine, water, and oxygen) probes were used. When the temperature of the perfusate was raised abruptly from 25 degrees C to 35 degrees C, P/F values rose continuously and irreversibly from 0.042 +/- 0.009 to 0.281 +/- 0.112 cm-2 (mean +/- SEM) for 125I-albumin, from 0.082 +/- 0.006 to 1.74 +/- 0.070 cm-2 for [14C]sucrose, and from 0.32 +/- 0.06 to 2.78 +/- 0.62 cm-2 for 22Na, whereas they were not modified for [14C]antipyrine, [3H]water, and O2. Gradual increase of temperature was accompanied by a smaller rise in sucrose and sodium permeability and no change in albumin permeability; with decrease, the change was reversible.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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