Pflügers Archiv

, Volume 447, Issue 5, pp 465–468

The ABCs of solute carriers: physiological, pathological and therapeutic implications of human membrane transport proteins

  • Matthias A. Hediger
  • Michael F. Romero
  • Ji-Bin Peng
  • Andreas Rolfs
  • Hitomi Takanaga
  • Elspeth A. Bruford
The ABC of Solute Carriers


The Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) Nomenclature Committee Database provides a list of transporter families of the solute carrier (SLC) gene series (see Currently, it includes 43 families and 298 transporter genes. This special issue features mini-reviews on each of these SLC families written by the experts in each field. A WEB site has been established ( that gives the latest updates for the SLC families and their members as well as relevant links to gene databases and reviews in the literature. A list of all currently known SLC families, a discussion of additional SLC families and family members as well as a brief summary of non-SLC transporter genes is included in this introduction.


Transporter Carrier Nomenclature SLC Exchanger Cotransporter Uniporter Ion transport Solute transport Coupled transport Channel Pump ABC transporter Transport protein Transporter gene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias A. Hediger
    • 1
  • Michael F. Romero
    • 2
  • Ji-Bin Peng
    • 3
  • Andreas Rolfs
    • 4
  • Hitomi Takanaga
    • 1
  • Elspeth A. Bruford
    • 5
  1. 1.Membrane Biology Program and Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s HospitalHarvard Institutes of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physiology and BiophysicsCase Western Reserve University School of MedicineClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Division of Nephrology, Department of MedicineUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  4. 4.Harvard Institute of ProteomicsHarvard Medical SchoolCambridgeUSA
  5. 5.HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee, Department of BiologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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