Journal of cystic fibrosis : official journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society. vol:3 Suppl 2 pages:127-32
Transepithelial fluctuation analysis (noise analysis) provides valuable information about the density and single-channel properties of ion channels in intact epithelia. Here we investigate cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR)-dependent chloride (Cl-) secretion in T84 human colonic epithelia by inducing noise using the diarylsulfonylurea DASU-01, a low-affinity open-channel blocker of CFTR. Our data indicate that the apical membrane of maximally stimulated T84 epithelia has a very high Cl- conductance generated by approximately 7000 active CFTR channels per cell with open probability (Po) of approximately 0.4 and single-channel amplitude (i) of approximately 0.1 pA. Similar experiments might provide important information about how drugs regulate CFTR in intact epithelia.