This study was designed to test how extended exposure of lenses to sera with different ionic strengths influences the distribution of ions and water in the lens. Pig lenses were incubated in cold sera (0 degree C), which were adjusted to variable concentrations of NaCl, and their K+, Na+, Cl-, and water contents were measured. Incubation at 0 degree C inhibits active transport processes and thereby allows equilibration of the mobile ions and water. The hypothesis was that lens water content (volume) would follow the ion-induced protein changes predicted by a model derived from previous osmotic studies on proteins. As expected, exposure of the lens to cold caused a gain of sodium and a partial loss of potassium. However, the potassium concentration in the lens remained several fold higher than that in the bathing solution (about 41 vs. 1.8-4.6 mM/kg H2O), indicating that a portion of the potassium within the cold-exposed lens was not free to diffuse. That the water content of the lens showed a negative rather than a positive relationship with the concentration of NaCl within the lens was explained by the idea that an increase in NaCl within the lens (up to at least 250 mM/kg H2O) causes a decrease in the osmotically unresponsive water volume associated with lens proteins.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemistry and cell biology = Biochimie et biologie cellulaire|
|State||Published - 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology