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Function of taurine transporter (Slc6a6/TauT) as a GABA transporting protein and its relevance to GABA transport in rat retinal capillary endothelial cells.

Authors: Tomi, Masatoshi  Tajima, Ayumi  Tachikawa, Masanori  Hosoya, Ken-ichi 
Citation: Tomi M, etal., Biochim Biophys Acta. 2008 Oct;1778(10):2138-42. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2008.04.012. Epub 2008 May 3.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:18501699
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1016/j.bbamem.2008.04.012

The purpose of this study was to identify the uptake mechanism of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) via taurine transporter (Slc6a6/TauT) and its relationship with GABA transport at the inner BRB. Rat Slc6a6/TauT-transfected HeLa cells exhibited Na(+)-, Cl(-)-, and concentration-dependent [3H]GABA uptake with a Km of 1.5 mM. Taurine, beta-alanine, and GABA markedly inhibited Slc6a6/TauT-mediated uptake of [3H]GABA. The uptake of [3H]GABA by a conditionally immortalized rat retinal capillary endothelial cell line (TR-iBRB2) was Na(+)-, Cl(-)-, and concentration-dependent with a Km of 2.0 mM. This process was more potently inhibited by substrates of Slc6a6/TauT, taurine and beta-alanine, than those of GABA transporters, GABA and betaine. In the presence of taurine, there was competitive inhibition with a Ki of 74 microM. [3H]Taurine also exhibited competitive inhibition with a Ki of 1.8 mM in the presence of GABA. In conclusion, rat Slc6a6/TauT has the ability to use GABA as a substrate and Slc6a6/TauT-mediated GABA transport appears to be present at the inner BRB.

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RGD ID: 30309916
Created: 2020-06-20
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