Vasopressin decreases immunogold labeling of apical actin in the toad bladder granular cell

Y. Gao, N. Franki, F. Macaluso, R. M. Hays

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Studies with the confocal microscope have shown that arginine vasopressin (AVP) depolymerizes F-actin in the apical region of the toad bladder granular cell. However, the resolution of the fluorescence microscope is not great enough to reveal the exact pattern of depolymerization or the relative extent to which microvillar and subapical membrane actin pools contribute to overall depolymerization. We have developed an electron microscopic immunogold method that shows a significant decrease in immunogold labeling of actin in the region just below the apical membrane, with the decrease most pronounced in regions adjacent to the microvilli. There was no significant change of immunogold labeling within the microvilli themselves. Our studies show a reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton in the region of the granular cell, where water channel-carrying vesicles are positioned and fuse in response to AVP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C908-C912
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number4 32-4
StatePublished - 1992


  • F-actin
  • water channels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology


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