Nongastric H-K-ATPase in rodent prostate: lobe-specific expression and apical localization Article (Web of Science)


  • The molecular basis of active ion transport in secretory glands such as the prostate is not well characterized. Rat nongastric H-K-ATPase is expressed at high levels in distal colon surface cell apical membranes and thus is referred to as “colonic.” Here we show that the ATPase is expressed in rodent prostate complex in a lobe-specific manner. RT-PCR and Western blot analyses indicate that rat nongastric H-K-ATPase α-subunit (αng) mRNA and protein are present in coagulating gland (anterior prostate) and lateral and dorsal prostate and absent from ventral lobe, whereas Na-K-ATPase α-subunit is present in all lobes. RT-PCR analysis shows that Na-K-ATPase α4and α3and gastric H-K-ATPase α-subunit are not present in significant amounts in all prostate lobes. Relatively low levels of Na-K-ATPase α2were found in lateral, dorsal, and anterior lobes. αngprotein expression is anteriodorsolateral: highest in coagulating gland, somewhat lower in dorsal lobe, and even lower in lateral lobe. Na-K-ATPase protein abundance has the reverse order: expression in ventral lobe is higher than in coagulating gland. αngprotein abundance is higher in coagulating gland than distal colon membranes. Immunohistochemistry shows that in rat and mouse coagulating gland epithelium αngprotein has an apical polarization and Na-K-ATPase α1is localized in basolateral membranes. The presence of nongastric H-K-ATPase in rodent prostate apical membranes may indicate its involvement in potassium concentration regulation in secretions of these glands.


  • Pestov, Nikolay B.
  • Korneenko, Tatyana V.
  • Adams, Gail
  • Tillekeratne, Manoranjani
  • Shakhparonov, Mikhail I.
  • Modyanov, Nikolai

publication date

  • 2002

start page

  • C907

end page

  • C916


  • 282


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