Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 447, Issue 5, pp 566–570

The sodium bile salt cotransport family SLC10

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

DOI: 10.1007/s00424-003-1130-z

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Hagenbuch, B. & Dawson, P. Pflugers Arch - Eur J Physiol (2004) 447: 566. doi:10.1007/s00424-003-1130-z


The SLC10 family of sodium/bile salt cotransporters contains over 50 members in animal, plant and bacterial species. In man, two well-characterized members and three orphan transporters are known. The Na+/taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide (NTCP; SLC10A1) and the apical sodium-dependent bile salt transporter (ASBT; SLC10A2) are critical components of the enterohepatic circulation of bile salts. NTCP and ASBT are cotransporters that mediate sodium-dependent, electrogenic uptake of mainly bile salts into hepatocytes (NTCP), biliary epithelial cells, ileal enterocytes and renal proximal tubular cells (ASBT).


Bile salt Enterohepatic circulation NTCP ASBT Liver Intestine Proximal tubule Cotransport 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of MedicineUniversity HospitalZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Wake Forest University School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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