Electrogenic nature of rat sodium-dependent multivitamin transport

Puttur D. Prasad, Sonne R. Srinivas, Haiping Wang, Frederick H. Leibach, Lawrence D. Devoe, Vadivel Ganapathy

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We report on the electrogenic nature of the transport process mediated by the rat sodium-dependent multivitamin transporter. In Cos-7 cells, the relationship of Na+ concentration versus biotin and pantothe nate uptake rate was sigmoidal with a Na+:substrate stoichiometry of 2:1. In Cos-7 cells expressing rat SMVT biotin transport was significantly higher when the membrane was hyperpolarized and considerably reduced when the membrane was depolarized. Similarly, biotin uptake in X. laevis oocytes expressing rat SMVT was inhibited with depolarized oocyte membrane by altering the K+ permeability across the membrane. It is concluded that the transport of biotin and pantothenate mediated by rat SMVT is electrogenic with a Na+:substrate coupling ratio of 2:1 and that the transport process is associated with the transfer of one net positive charge across the membrane per transport cycle. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)836-840
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 21 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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