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Transporter Information:
Name: solute carrier family 2, (facilitated glucose transporter) member 8
Symbol: SLC2A8
TC: 2.A.1.1.2
Locations: 9
Aliases: GLUTX1, GLUT8
GenBank: AJ245937
Swiss-Prot: Q9NY64
Accession Number: NM_014580
PubMed (10671487): Ibberson M, Uldry M, Thorens B. GLUTX1, a novel mammalian glucose transporter expressed in the central nervoussystem and insulin-sensitive tissues.J Biol Chem. 2000 Feb 18;275(7):4607-12. PMID: 10671487 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Based on homology with GLUT1-5, we have isolated a cDNA for a novel glucose transporter, GLUTX1. This cDNA encodes a protein of 478 amino acids that shows between 29 and 32% identity with rat GLUT1-5 and 32-36% identity with plant and bacterial hexose transporters. Unlike GLUT1-5, GLUTX1 has a short extracellular loop between transmembrane domain (TM) 1 and TM2 and a long extracellular loop between TM9 and TM10 that contains the only N-glycosylation site. When expressed in Xenopus oocytes, GLUTX1 showed strong transport activity only after suppression of a dileucine internalization motif present in the amino-terminal region. Transport activity was inhibited by cytochalasin B and partly competed by D-fructose and D-galactose. The Michaelis-Menten constant for glucose was approximately 2 mM. When translated in reticulocytes lysates, GLUTX1 migrates as a 35-kDa protein that becomes glycosylated in the presence of microsomal membranes. Western blot analysis of GLUTX1 transiently expressed in HEK293T cells revealed a diffuse band with a molecular mass of 37-50 kDa that could be converted to a approximately 35-kDa polypeptide following enzymatic deglycosylation. Immunofluorescence microscopy detection of GLUTX1 transfected into HEK293T cells showed an intracellular staining. Mutation of the dileucine internalization motif induced expression of GLUTX1 at the cell surface. GLUTX1 mRNA was detected in testis, hypothalamus, cerebellum, brainstem, hippocampus, and adrenal gland. We hypothesize that, in a similar fashion to GLUT4, in vivo cell surface expression of GLUTX1 may be inducible by a hormonal or other stimulus.

PubMed (10821868): Doege H, Schurmann A, Bahrenberg G, Brauers A, Joost HG. GLUT8, a novel member of the sugar transport facilitator family with glucosetransport activity.J Biol Chem. 2000 May 26;275(21):16275-80. PMID: 10821868 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

GLUT8 is a novel glucose transporter-like protein that exhibits significant sequence similarity with the members of the sugar transport facilitator family (29.4% of amino acids identical with GLUT1). Human and mouse sequence (86.2% identical amino acids) comprise 12 putative membrane-spanning helices and several conserved motifs (sugar transporter signatures), which have previously been shown to be essential for transport activity, e.g. GRK in loop 2, PETPR in loop 6, QQLSGVN in helix 7, DRAGRR in loop 8, GWGPIPW in helix 10, and PETKG in the C-terminal tail. An expressed sequence tag (STS A005N15) corresponding with the 3'-untranslated region of GLUT8 has previously been mapped to human chromosome 9. COS-7 cells transfected with GLUT8 cDNA expressed a 42-kDa protein exhibiting specific, glucose-inhibitable cytochalasin B binding (K(D) = 56.6 +/- 18 nm) and reconstitutable glucose transport activity (8.1 +/- 1. 4 nmol/(mg protein x 10 s) versus 1.1 +/- 0.1 in control transfections). In human tissues, a 2.4-kilobase pair transcript was predominantly found in testis, but not in testicular carcinoma. Lower amounts of the mRNA were detected in most other tissues including skeletal muscle, heart, small intestine, and brain. GLUT8 mRNA was found in testis from adult, but not from prepubertal rats; its expression in human testis was suppressed by estrogen treatment. It is concluded that GLUT8 is a sugar transport facilitator with glucose transport activity and a hormonally regulated testicular function.

>sp|Q9NY64|GTR8_HUMAN Solute carrier family 2, facilitated glucose transporter member 8 OS=Homo sapiens GN=SLC2A8 PE=2 SV=3