Na+-dependent hexose transport in vesicles from cultured renal epithelial cell line

A. Moran, J. S. Handler, R. J. Turner

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Apical membrane vesicles were prepared from cultured epithelia formed by LLC-PK1 cells using a calcium precipitation technique. α-Methylglucoside uptake into this vesicle preparation was markedly stimulated by sodium and inhibited by phlorizin. In addition, a transient 'overshoot' of intravesicular α-methylglucoside concentration above its equilibrium value was observed under initial sodium gradient conditions. The specificity of this sodium-dependent hexose transporter closely resembled that found in the mammalian kidney brush border membrane, e.g., α-methylglucoside, D-glucose, and D-galactose apparently share the transporter while 2-deoxy-D-glucose, mannose, and fructose do not. Kinetic analysis of the sodium-dependent component of α-methylglucoside flux into LLC-PK1 apical membrane vesicles indicates the existence of single transporter with K(m) ≃ 2mM and V(max) ≃ 3 protein-1. Measurement of α-methylglucoside uptake as a function of sodium concentration is consistent with a sodium:sugar stoichiometry of approximately 2:1. There is a good correlation over time between the development of the concentrating capacity of the intact epithelium for α-methylglucoside and the transport properties of the vesicle preparation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)C293-C298
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1982
Externally publishedYes


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