Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 447, Issue 5, pp 510–518

The sodium/glucose cotransport family SLC5

The ABC of Solute Carriers Guest Editor: Matthias A. Hediger

DOI: 10.1007/s00424-003-1063-6

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Wright, E.M. & Turk, E. Pflugers Arch - Eur J Physiol (2004) 447: 510. doi:10.1007/s00424-003-1063-6


The sodium/glucose cotransporter family (SLCA5) has 220 or more members in animal and bacterial cells. There are 11 human genes expressed in tissues ranging from epithelia to the central nervous system. The functions of nine have been revealed by studies using heterologous expression systems: six are tightly coupled plasma membrane Na+/substrate cotransporters for solutes such as glucose, myo-inositol and iodide; one is a Na+/Cl/choline cotransporter; one is an anion transporter; and another is a glucose-activated ion channel. The exon organization of eight genes is similar in that each comprises 14–15 exons. The choline transporter (CHT) is encoded in eight exons and the Na+-dependent myo-inositol transporter (SMIT) in one exon. Mutations in three genes produce genetic diseases (glucose-galactose malabsorption, renal glycosuria and hypothyroidism). Members of this family are multifunctional membrane proteins in that they also behave as uniporters, urea and water channels, and urea and water cotransporters. Consequently it is a challenge to determine the role(s) of these genes in human physiology and pathology.


Cotransporters Glucose Iodide Choline Vitamins Inositol 

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© Springer-Verlag  2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA

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