Regulation of the Na/H exchanger regulatory factor in OK cells.
The Na/H exchanger regulatory factor (NHE-RE), a recently cloned renal protein, is a necessary cofactor in protein kinase A-mediated inhibition of the renal brush border membrane Na/H exchanger. No studies to date, however, have examined the regulation of NHE-RF itself. The rabbit NHE-RF cDNA and an antibody to rabbit NHE-RF were used to study the effects of serum and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) on the steady-state levels of NHE-RF mRNA and on the abundance and intracellular distribution of the protein in OK cells. Incubation of quiescent cells with serum was associated with a significant decrease in steady-state NHE-RF mRNA and protein abundance in the cytosolic and membrane fractions. Incubation of cells with cAMP for 6 h was associated with no change in NHE-mRNA at 24 h. There was, however, a 46% increase in protein abundance in the cytosolic fraction of the cell and a 43% decrease in the membrane fraction. Despite the decrease in membrane-associated NHE-RF in quiescent cells treated with serum of cAMP, there were no differences in either the basal rate of Na/H exchange transport or the inhibitory effect of the acute addition of cAMP on the transporter between experimental and control cells. These studies provide the first description of the regulation of NHE-RF. The results indicate that serum is associated with a decrease in NHE-RF mRNA and protein, while chronic exposure to cAMP is associated with an altered distribution of NHE-RF between the cytosolic and membrane fractions of OK cells.
Weinman, EJ; Steplock, D; Lamprecht, G; Yun, CH; Shenolikar, S
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