Effects of colchicine and cytochalasin B on vasopressin- and cyclic adenosine monophosphate-induced changes in toad urinary bladder.


Journal Article

Coincident with an increase in water permeability, the ridge-like surface structures of toad bladder granular cells transform to individual microvilli after stimulation with vasopressin (VP) or cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) by a mechanism that is yet to be defined. To explore the possible role of microtubules and microfilaments in this cell response, colchicine and cytochalasin B were employed to determine whether interference with the function of these components of the cytoskeletal system would prevent the VP- and cAMP-induced conversion of ridges to microvilli. Incubation of toad urinary bladders in 10(-4) M colchicine for 4 hours or 10(-5) M cytochalasin B for 90 minutes before stimulation with 20 mU. per ml. of VP markedly inhibited osmotic water flow. However, neither agent prevented the striking conversion of ridges to surface microvilli induced by VP and cAMP as seen with scanning electron microscopy. In addition, the ridges characteristic of granular cells were maintained in control bladders incubated with colchicine or cytochalasin B, but left unstimulated. Under the conditions of these experiments, these findings suggest that microtubules and microfilaments are not essential for maintenance of normal surface configuration in granular cells of toad urinary bladder, and that they are not involved in the mechanism responsible for VP- and cAMP-induced surface changes that occur in association with increased water permeability of this epithelium.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • LeFurgey, A; Dratwa, M; Tisher, CC

Published Date

  • October 1, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 308 - 315

PubMed ID

  • 6272020

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6272020

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0023-6837


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States