Hepatic urea biosynthesis in the euryhaline elasmobranch Carcharhinus leucas



Plasma urea levels and hepatic urea production in the euryhaline bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, acclimated to freshwater and seawater environments were measured. It was found that plasma urea concentration increased with salinity and that this increase was, in part, the result of a significant increase in hepatic production of urea. This study provides direct evidence that hepatic production of urea plays an important role in the osmoregulatory strategy of C. leucas. J. Exp. Zool. 303A:917–921, 2005. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.