The increased unidirectional sodium influx found when human erythrocytes are suspended in isotonic salt solutions containing bicarbonate ions as a replacement for chloride ions was examined. The increased sodium movement appears to have the transport characteristics of anion movement. Inhibitors of anion transport such as furosemide, fluorodinitrobenzene (FDNB), and 4-acetamido-4'-isothiocyano-stilbene-2-2'-disulfonic acid (SITS) drastically inhibit these augmented sodium movements. An ion-pair mechanism appears to phenomenologically describe much of the data. A possible role for carbamino groups is considered. Such a model, however, required additional assumptions to explain the selectivity and the anion inhibitor effects.
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