Na+/H+ exchange subtype 1 inhibition during extracellular acidification and hypoxia in glioma cells

Kristine Glunde, Heiko Düßmann, Hans Paul Juretschke, Dieter Leibfritz

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Lactacidosis is a common feature of ischaemic brain tissue, but its role in ischaemic neuropathology is still not fully understood. Na+/H+ exchange, a mechanism involved in the regulation of intracellular pH (pHi), is activated by low pHi. The role of Na+/H+ exchange subtype 1 was investigated during extracellular acidification and subsequent pH recovery in the absence and presence of (4-isopropyl-3-methylsulphonyl-benzoyl)-guanidine methanesulfonate (HOE642, Cariporid), a new selective and powerful inhibitor of the Na+/H+ exchanger subtype 1 (NHE-1). It was compared for normoxia and hypoxia in two glioma cell lines (C6 and F98). pHi was monitored by fluorescence spectroscopy using the intracellularly trapped pH- sensitive dye 2′,7′-bis(carboxyethyl)-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (BCECF). Alterations in glial cell metabolism were characterized using high-resolution 1H, 13C and 31P NMR spectroscopy of perchloric acid extracts. NHE-1 contributed to glial pH regulation, especially at pathologically low pHi values. NHE-1 inhibition with HOE642 during acidification caused exacerbated metabolic disorders which were prolonged during extracellular pH recovery. However, NHE-1 inhibition during hypoxia protected the energy state of glial cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-44
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


  • Fluorescence
  • Hypoxia
  • Intracellular pH
  • NMR
  • Na/H exchange

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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