Sodium absorption by the intestine is mediated by brush border Na/H exchangers, which include the NHE3 and NHE8 isoforms. We demonstrated a maturational decrease in NHE8 and increase in NHE3 in mouse intestine mRNA abundance and brush border membrane protein abundance, indicating a developmental switch of isoforms. Congenital sodium diarrhea is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by polyhydramnios, hyponatremia, metabolic acidosis, and diarrhea with a high sodium content. Previous studies using intestinal brush border membrane vesicles from patients with this disorder have demonstrated a decrease in Na/H exchanger activity. Because some patients with congenital sodium diarrhea improve with age and knowing the developmental switch from NHE8 to NHE3, NHE8 may be a candidate gene for this disorder. We sequenced NHE8 from 5 patients with this disorder and found no disease-causing homozygous mutations. Although brush border membrane Na/H exchange activity may be decreased, exonic mutations in NHE8 cannot account for this disorder in these subjects.
|Number of pages
|Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
|Published - Nov 2011
- Congenital diarrhea
- Na /H exchanger
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health