Salt-inducible kinase 1 is present in lung alveolar epithelial cells and regulates active sodium transport

Kristina Eneling, Jiwang Chen, Lynn C. Welch, Hiroshi Takemori, Jacob I. Sznajder, Alejandro M. Bertorello*

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Salt-inducible kinase 1 (SIK1) in epithelial cells mediates the increases in active sodium transport (Na+, K+-ATPase-mediated) in response to elevations in the intracellular concentration of sodium. In lung alveolar epithelial cells increases in active sodium transport in response to β-adrenergic stimulation increases pulmonary edema clearance. Therefore, we sought to determine whether SIK1 is present in lung epithelial cells and to examine whether isoproterenol-dependent stimulation of Na+, K+-ATPase is mediated via SIK1 activity. All three SIK isoforms were present in airway epithelial cells, and in alveolar epithelial cells type 1 and type 2 from rat and mouse lungs, as well as from human and mouse cell lines representative of lung alveolar epithelium. In mouse lung epithelial cells, SIK1 associated with the Na+, K+-ATPase α-subunit, and isoproterenol increased SIK1 activity. Isoproterenol increased Na+, K+-ATPase activity and the incorporation of Na+, K+-ATPase molecules at the plasma membrane. Furthermore, those effects were abolished in cells depleted of SIK1 using shRNA, or in cells overexpressing a SIK1 kinase-deficient mutant. These results provide evidence that SIK1 is present in lung epithelial cells and that its function is relevant for the action of isoproterenol during regulation of active sodium transport. As such, SIK1 may constitute an important target for drug discovery aimed at improving the clearance of pulmonary edema.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 27 2011


  • Lung edema clearance
  • Na+, K+-ATPase activity
  • Sodium transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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