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Transporter Information:
Name: solute carrier family 27 (fatty acid transporter), member 6
Symbol: SLC27A6
TC: 9.B.17.1.5
Locations: 5q23.3
Aliases: FATP6, VLCS-H1, FACVL2
GenBank: AF064254
Swiss-Prot: Q9Y2P4
Accession Number: NM_014031
PubMed (12556534): Gimeno RE, Ortegon AM, Patel S, Punreddy S, Ge P, Sun Y, Lodish HF, Stahl A. Characterization of a heart-specific fatty acid transport protein.J Biol Chem. 2003 May 2;278(18):16039-44. Epub 2003 Jan 28. PMID: 12556534 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Fatty acids are a major source of energy for cardiac myocytes. Changes in fatty acid metabolism have been implicated as causal in diabetes and cardiac disease. The mechanism by which long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) enter cardiac myocytes is not well understood but appears to occur predominantly by protein-mediated transport. Here we report the cloning, expression pattern, and subcellular localization of a novel member of the fatty acid transport protein (FATP) family termed FATP6. FATP6 is principally expressed in the heart where it is the predominant FATP family member. Similar to other FATPs, transient and stable transfection of FATP6 into 293 cells enhanced uptake of LCFAs. FATP6 mRNA was localized to cardiac myocytes by in situ hybridization. Immunofluorescence microscopy of FATP6 in monkey and murine hearts revealed that the protein is exclusively located on the sarcolemma. FATP6 was restricted in its distribution to areas of the plasma membrane juxtaposed with small blood vessels. In these membrane domains FATP6 also colocalizes with another molecule involved in LCFA uptake, CD36. These findings suggest that FATP6 is involved in heart LCFA uptake, in which it may play a role in the pathogenesis of lipid-related cardiac disorders.

PubMed (10479480): Steinberg SJ, Wang SJ, McGuinness MC, Watkins PA. Human liver-specific very-long-chain acyl-coenzyme A synthetase: cDNA cloningand characterization of a second enzymatically active protein.Mol Genet Metab. 1999 Sep;68(1):32-42. PMID: 10479480 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Activation of fatty acids, catalyzed by acyl-coenzyme A (acyl-CoA) synthetases, is required for their subsequent metabolism. Peroxisomes and microsomes contain very-long-chain acyl-CoA synthetases (VLCSs) capable of activating fatty acids with a chain length of 22 or more carbons. Decreased peroxisomal VLCS activity is, in part, responsible for the biochemical pathology in X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), illustrating the importance of VLCSs in cellular fatty acid homeostasis. We previously cloned two human genes encoding proteins homologous to rat peroxisomal VLCS; one (hVLCS) is the human ortholog to the rat VLCS gene and another (hVLCS-H1) encodes a related heart-specific protein. Here, we report the cloning of a third gene (hVLCS-H2) and characterization of its protein product. The hVLCS-H2 gene is located on human chromosome 19 and encodes a 690-amino-acid protein. The amino acid sequence of hVLCS-H2 is 44-45% identical and 67-69% similar to those of both hVLCS and hVLCS-H1. COS-1 cells transiently overexpressing hVLCS-H2 activated the very-long-chain fatty acid lignocerate (C24:0) at a rate >1.5-fold higher than that of nontransfected cells (P < 0.002). The hVLCS-H2-dependent activation of long- and branched-chain fatty acids following transient transfection was less striking. However, hVLCS-H2-dependent acyl-CoA synthetase activity with long- and very-long-chain fatty acid substrates was detected in COS-1 cells stably expressing hVLCS-H2. For all substrates tested (C18:0, C20:0, C24:0, C26:0), the hVLCS-H2 catalyzed activity was significantly increased (P < 0.01 to P < 0.0001). By both Northern analysis and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, hVLCS-H2 is expressed primarily in liver. Indirect immunofluorescence of COS-1 cells or human hepatoma-derived HepG2 cells expressing epitope-tagged hVLCS-H2 revealed that the protein was associated with the endoplasmic reticulum but not with peroxisomes. Thus, the primary role of hVLCS-H2 is likely to be in fatty acid elongation or complex lipid synthesis rather than in degradation.

>sp|Q9Y2P4|S27A6_HUMAN Long-chain fatty acid transport protein 6 OS=Homo sapiens GN=SLC27A6 PE=1 SV=1