Whole-animal to molecular studies of solute transport in fishes

  • Author / Creator
    Guffey, Samuel C
  • I have examined solute transport in two fishes at the whole-animal, tissue, and molecular levels. In the Pacific hagfish, I measured the kinetics of phosphate absorption in isolated gut, skin, and gill preparations, and implicated an NaPi-II transporter based on RT-PCR results and the kinetics of phosphate uptake. In a second series of experiments, subjecting Pacific dogfish to reduced salinity revealed that plasma sodium and chloride homeostasis are maintained. Therefore these ions are not a limiting factor in reduced salinity; however, urea efflux significantly increased over the 48 hour exposure. Finally, I investigated the molecular physiology of sodium homeostasis by cloning Na+/H+ Exchanger [NHE] isoforms 2 and 3 from the dogfish gill and expressing them in NHE-deficient AP-1 cell lines. The sensitivity to inhibitors was found to be different from mammalian NHEs, revealing appropriate concentrations to use for elasmobranchs and other fishes, and allowing future mechanistic studies to be conducted.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Specialization
    • Physiology, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Goss, Greg (Biological Sciences)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Chang, John (Biological Sciences)
    • Gallin, Warren (Biological Sciences)
    • Leys, Sally (Biological Sciences)