The Journal of Membrane Biology

, Volume 204, Issue 1, pp 23–32

Kinetics of the Reverse Mode of the Na+/Glucose Cotransporter



This study investigates the reverse mode of the Na+/glucose cotransporter (SGLT1). In giant excised inside-out membrane patches from Xenopus laevis oocytes expressing rabbit SGLT1, application of α-methyl-D-glucopyranoside (αMDG) to the cytoplasmic solution induced an outward current from cytosolic to external membrane surface. The outward current was Na+- and sugar-dependent, and was blocked by phlorizin, a specific inhibitor of SGLT1. The current-voltage relationship saturated at positive membrane voltages (30–50 mV), and approached zero at −150 mV. The half-maximal concentration for αMDG-evoked outward current (K0.5αMDG) was 35 mM (at 0 mV). In comparison, K0.5αMDG for forward sugar transport was 0.15 mM (at 0 mV). K0.5Na was similar for forward and reverse transport (≈35 mM at 0 mV). Specificity of SGLT1 for reverse transport was: αMDG (1.0) > D-galactose (0.84) > 3-O-methyl-glucose (0.55) > D-glucose (0.38), whereas for forward transport, specificity was: αMDG ≈ D-glucose ≈ D-galactose > 3-O-methyl-glucose. Thus there is an asymmetry in sugar kinetics and specificity between forward and reverse modes. Computer simulations showed that a 6-state kinetic model for SGLT1 can account for Na+/sugar cotransport and its voltage dependence in both the forward and reverse modes at saturating sodium concentrations. Our data indicate that under physiological conditions, the transporter is poised to accumulate sugar efficiently in the enterocyte.


Na+/glucose cotransport Electrogenic cotransporters Steady-state kinetics Reverse sugar transport Sugar specificity Giant patch Xenopus oocyte 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Biological Sciences DepartmentCalifornia State Polytechnic UniversityPomonaUSA

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