Protein concentration of lymph and interstitial fluid in the rat tail.

K. Aukland, G. C. Kramer, E. M. Renkin

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Lymph was collected from tail lymphatics of anesthetized rats, subcutaneous interstitial fluid was obtained by implanting nylon wicks, and tendon interstitial fluid was obtained by centrifugation of pieces of tendon. Spontaneous lymph flow rates averaged 70 nl X min-1 X g skin-1. Protein concentrations and colloid osmotic pressures of sampled fluids differed significantly. Tail lymph had the highest protein concentration relative to plasma [lymph-to-plasma ratio 0.71 +/- 0.03 (SE) n = 10], followed by wick fluid (0.62 +/- 0.02, n = 9), with tendon fluid lowest (0.50 +/- 0.03, n = 10). Albumin and immunoglobulin G (IgG) concentrations in samples of tail skin and tendon were assayed by rocket immunoelectrophoresis. Comparison of their distribution volumes at lymph or tendon fluid concentrations, respectively, with interstitial fluid volumes measured as 2-h 51Cr-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid space minus 5-min 125I-albumin space indicated that 50-60% of the interstitial volume in these tissues is not available for distribution of albumin or IgG. Low lymph flow and high interstitial protein content of rat tail indicate a slow turnover of interstitial protein. This suggests that interstitial washout of protein plays a role in limiting edema only after a sustained or chronic increase in fluid filtration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H74-79
JournalThe American journal of physiology
Issue number1 Pt 2
StatePublished - Jul 1984
Externally publishedYes

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