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Sequence Determinants of GLUT1-mediated Accelerated-exchange Transport: Analysis by Homology-Scanning Mutagenesis

Student Author(s)

Sabrina S. Vollers

GSBS Program

Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology



Document Type


Medical Subject Headings

Glucose Transporter Type 1; Glucose Transporter Type 4; Mutagenesis; Protein Conformation; Biological Transport


Biochemistry | Molecular Biology | Structural Biology


The class 1 equilibrative glucose transporters GLUT1 and GLUT4 are structurally similar but catalyze distinct modes of transport. GLUT1 exhibits trans-acceleration, in which the presence of intracellular sugar stimulates the rate of unidirectional sugar uptake. GLUT4-mediated uptake is unaffected by intracellular sugar. Using homology-scanning mutagenesis in which domains of GLUT1 are substituted with equivalent domains from GLUT4 and vice versa, we show that GLUT1 transmembrane domain 6 is both necessary and sufficient for trans-acceleration. This region is not directly involved in GLUT1 binding of substrate or inhibitors. Rather, transmembrane domain 6 is part of two putative scaffold domains, which coordinate membrane-spanning amphipathic helices that form the sugar translocation pore. We propose that GLUT1 transmembrane domain 6 restrains import when intracellular sugar is absent by slowing transport-associated conformational changes.

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Vollers SS, Carruthers A. Sequence Determinants of GLUT1-mediated Accelerated-exchange Transport: Analysis by Homology-Scanning Mutagenesis. J Biol Chem. 2012 Dec 14;287(51):42533-44. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M112.369587. Epub 2012 Oct 23.

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glucose transport; membrane proteins; membrane transport; mutagenesis; sugar transport

Journal Title

The Journal of biological chemistry

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