Sodium/glucose cotransporter 1

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AliasesSLC5A1, D22S675, NAGT, SGLT1, solute carrier family 5 member 1
External IDsOMIM: 182380 MGI: 107678 HomoloGene: 55456 GeneCards: SLC5A1
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 22 (human)
Chr.Chromosome 22 (human)[1]
Chromosome 22 (human)
Genomic location for SLC5A1
Genomic location for SLC5A1
Band22q12.3Start32,043,261 bp[1]
End32,113,029 bp[1]
RNA expression pattern
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More reference expression data
RefSeq (mRNA)



RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC)Chr 22: 32.04 – 32.11 MbChr 5: 33.1 – 33.16 Mb
PubMed search[3][4]
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Sodium/glucose cotransporter 1 (SGLT1) also known as solute carrier family 5 member 1 is a protein in humans that is encoded by the SLC5A1 gene[5][6] which encodes the production of the SGLT1 protein to line the absorptive cells in the small intestine and the epithelial cells of the kidney tubules of the nephron for the purpose of glucose uptake into cells.[7] Through the use of the sodium glucose cotransporter 1 protein, cells are able to obtain glucose which is further utilized to make and store energy for the cell.


The sodium glucose cotransporter 1 is classified as an integral protein that is made up of 14 alpha-helices constructed from the folding of 482-718 amino acid residues with both the N and C-terminal residing upon the extracellular side of the plasma membrane.[8] It is hypothesized that the protein contains protein kinase A and protein kinase C phosphorylation sites, which serve to regulate the proteins conformational shape through phosphorylation of amino acids with ATP.[8][9]


Glucose transporters are integral membrane proteins that mediate the transport of glucose and structurally related substances across cellular membranes. Two families of glucose transporter have been identified: the facilitated diffusion glucose transporter family (GLUT family), also known as uniporters, and the sodium-dependent glucose transporter family (SGLT family), also known as cotransporters or symporters.[10] The SLC5A1 gene encodes the sodium glucose cotransporter protein that is involved in the facilitated transport of glucose and galactose into eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells.[6] The role of the sodium-glucose cotransporter 1 is to absorb D-glucose and D-galactose from the brush-border membrane of the small intestines,[11][12] while also exchanging sodium ions and glucose from the tubule of the nephron.[13] The SGLT1 protein is able to uptake glucose through cellular membranes through coupling the energy generated from cotransporting 2 sodium ions with glucose through a symport mechanism.[14] This protein does not use ATP as energy source.[14]

Transport mechanism[edit]

The sodium glucose cotransporter is original arranged with an outward-facing conformation with open receptors in preparation for 2 sodium ions and glucose to simultaneously bind.[7] Once bound, the protein receptor will change conformation to an occluded conformation, which prevents the dissociation of the sodium ions and glucose.[7] The protein will then change conformations once more to an inward-facing conformation in which allows sodium and glucose will to dissociate.[7] The protein then returns to the outward-facing conformation state, ready to bind more sodium ions and glucose.[7]


Co-transport proteins of mammalian cell membranes had eluded efforts of purification with classical biochemical methods until the late 1980s. These proteins had proven difficult to isolate because they contain hydrophilic and hydrophobic sequences and exist in membranes only in very low abundance (<0.2% of membrane proteins). The rabbit form of SGLT1 was the first mammalian co-transport protein ever to be cloned and sequenced, and this was reported in 1987.[15] To circumvent the difficulties with traditional isolation methods, a novel expression cloning technique was used. Size-fractionation of large amounts of rabbit intestinal mRNA with preparative gel electrophoresis were then sequentially injected into Xenopus oocytes to ultimately find the RNA species that induced the expression of sodium-glucose cotransport.[15]


SLC5A1 is medically relevant because of its role in the absorption of glucose and sodium, however, mutations in the gene can cause medical implications. A missense mutation[16] in the SLC5A1 gene of exon 1 can cause problems creating the SGLT1 protein, leading to a rare glucose-galactose malabsorption disease.[16] This is because the mutation destroys the transport function.[16] Glucose-galactose malabsorption occurs when the lining of the intestinal cells cannot take in glucose and galactose which prevents the use of those molecules in catabolism and anabolism. The disease has symptoms that consist of watery and/or acidic diarrhea which is the result of water retention in the intestinal lumen and osmotic loss created by non-absorbed glucose, galactose and sodium.[17] Glucose-Galactose malabsorption can cause death due to loss of water from diarrhea if the disease is not treated.[16] To counteract the disease and the effects of acute diarrhea and dehydration, the sodium glucose cotransporter 1 protein is targeted for its mechanistic benefits with ion transfers by oral rehydration therapy through increasing sodium, glucose, and water concentrations for intestinal reabsorption.[16]

Tissue distribution[edit]

The SLC5A1 cotransporter is mainly expressed in the lumen of the small intestine, kidney, parotid glands, submandibular glands and in the heart.[18]

See also[edit]


SLC5A1 has been shown to interact with PAWR.[19]


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  12. ^ Gorboulev, V.; Schurmann, A.; Vallon, V.; Kipp, H.; Jaschke, A.; Klessen, D.; Friedrich, A.; Scherneck, S.; Rieg, T.; Cunard, R.; Veyhl-Wichmann, M. (2012-01-01). "Na+-D-glucose Cotransporter SGLT1 is Pivotal for Intestinal Glucose Absorption and Glucose-Dependent Incretin Secretion". Diabetes. 61 (1): 187–196. doi:10.2337/db11-1029. ISSN 0012-1797. PMC 3237647. PMID 22124465.
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  17. ^ Wright EM, Turk E, Martin MG (2002). "Molecular basis for glucose-galactose malabsorption". Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics. 36 (2–3): 115–21. doi:10.1385/CBB:36:2-3:115. PMID 12139397.
  18. ^ Sabino-Silva R, Mori RC, David-Silva A, Okamoto MM, Freitas HS, Machado UF (November 2010). "The Na(+)/glucose cotransporters: from genes to therapy". Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research = Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Medicas e Biologicas. 43 (11): 1019–26. doi:10.1590/S0100-879X2010007500115. PMID 21049241.
  19. ^ Xie J, Guo Q (July 2004). "Par-4 inhibits choline uptake by interacting with CHT1 and reducing its incorporation on the plasma membrane". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 279 (27): 28266–75. doi:10.1074/jbc.M401495200. PMID 15090548.

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