Renal excretion of urea in a small east African antelope, the dik-dik (Rhynchotragus kirkii)
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1. A study on the renal handling of urea by the dik-dik antelope (Rhynchotragus kirkii) was conducted. 2. Plasma and urine samples were analysed for osmolality, urea and creatinine concentrations during dehydration and intra-ruminal loading of potassium and sodium solutions. 3. The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of the dik-dik was found to be 182.6 +/- 11.7 ml/min/100 kg body mass. 4. Dehydration was observed to increase tubular urea reabsorption and increase plasma and urine osmolalities, but had no effect on the amount of urea filtered at the glomerulus. 5. Potassium loading increased both GFR and urine flow rate.
CitationComparative biochemistry and physiology. A, Comparative physiology. 1988;91(3):437-44.
Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, University of Nairobi