1. Previous studies have shown that in thyroparathyroidectomized rats injection of disodium ethane-1-hydroxy-1,1-diphosphonate (EHDP) at doses that inhibit bone mineral retention (0.16 mmol = 10 mg of phosphorus/kg body wt. per day subcutaneously) leads to a decrease in the net tubular reabsorption of phosphate.
2. In the present work the tubular response to EHDP (0.16 mmol/kg body wt.) injected subcutaneously for 9 days has been localized by free-flow micropuncture in thyroparathyroidectomized rats.
3. The results show that the net tubular reabsorption of phosphate along the first portion of the (early) proximal tubule was markedly depressed in the EHDP-injected thyroparathyroidectomized rats compared with that in the pair-fed thyroparathyroidectomized control animals. In this latter group the delivery of phosphate to the distal tubule was larger than in the final urine, confirming previous reports. In the EHDP-injected thyroparathyroidectomized rats no difference in delivery of phosphate was found between the distal tubule and the final urine, suggesting that diphosphonate inhibited net reabsorption of phosphate in the terminal nephron.
4. The sites of the EHDP-induced changes in the tubular handling of phosphate were similar to those previously determined for the adaptive response to an increase in the supply of phosphate.