Structural domains that contribute to substrate specificity in facilitated glucose transporters are distinct from those involved in kinetic function: studies with GLUT-1/GLUT-2 chimeras.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

GLUT-2 differs from other members of the facilitated glucose transporter family because it transports a wider range of substrates and exhibits a higher Km for transport of glucose analogs such as 2-deoxyglucose (2-DOG). In order to investigate the structural determinants of the unique substrate specificity and kinetic function of GLUT-2, recombinant adenoviruses were used to express native, mutant, and chimeric glucose transporters in the kidney cell line CV-1, yielding the following key observations. (1) A chimera consisting of GLUT-1 with the C-terminal tail of GLUT-2 had a Km for 2-DOG of 9.9 +/- 1.5 that was intermediate between that of native GLUT-1 (3.7 +/- 0.4) and native GLUT-2 (26.3 +/- 3.3). In contrast to the effect of the GLUT-2 C terminus on Km for 2-DOG, this substitution did not confer enhanced uptake of three alternative substrates (fructose, arabinose, or streptozotocin) which are transported efficiently by native GLUT-2 but not by GLUT-1. (2) A chimera consisting of GLUT-2 with the N-terminal 87 amino acids of GLUT-1 exhibited no change in Km for 2-DOG relative to native GLUT-2 but exhibited a significant reduction in capacity for transport of the three alternative substrates. (3) Mutation of asparagine 62 in GLUT-2 to glutamine produced a transporter lacking its N-linked oligosaccharide that exhibited a 2.5-fold increase in Km for 2-DOG but equally efficient transport of the three alternative substrates relative to native GLUT-2. These data provide insight into structural domains that affect substrate specificity in facilitated glucose transporters and demonstrate that they are distinct from elements involved in glucose transport kinetics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Noel, LE; Newgard, CB

Published Date

  • May 6, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 5465 - 5475

PubMed ID

  • 9154929

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-2960

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/bi9630624


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States