Reabsorption in the Proximal Tubule

Since all plasma solutes, with the exception of proteins, are able to enter the glomerular ultrafiltrate freely, the total solute concentration (osmolality) of the filtrate is essentially the same as that of plasma. This total solute concentration is equal to 300 milliosmoles per liter (300 mOsm). The filtrate is thus said to be isosmotic with the plasma (chapter 6). Reabsorption by osmosis cannot occur unless the solute concentrations of plasma in the peritubular capillaries and the filtrate are altered by active transport processes. This is achieved by the active transport of Na+ from the filtrate to the peritubular blood.

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