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case_study_17 - Case Study 17 1 The endothelial cells...

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Case Study 17 1. The endothelial cells glucose levels remain about the same with or without Na + showing that Na + has a minimum effect in how glucose is absorbed due to perhaps a saturation of sodium ions already present within these cells. Because endothelial cells are associated with pericytes, one sees that both types have the same trend when it comes to the presence or absence of Na + . With the presence of Na + through NaCl, both cells have a higher glucose uptake level than that of the results from the absence of Na + . 2. The relationship of the uptake of glucose to the concentration of Na + ions within the endothelial cells furthers the idea that there is a saturated level of glucose present within the cells. For the pericytes, as the uptake of glucose increases, the concentration increases at a proportional level until about 1.2 nmol/mg/hr, where both values become constant leading to a horizontal line. This makes it evident
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