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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-1339

de la Horra, C; Hernando, N; Lambert, G; Forster, I C; Biber, J; Murer, H (2000). Molecular determinants of pH sensitivity of the type IIa Na/P(i) cotransporter. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 275(9):6284-6287.

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Type II Na/P(i) cotransporters play key roles in epithelial P(i) transport and thereby contribute to overall P(i) homeostasis. Renal proximal tubular brush border membrane expresses the IIa isoform, whereas the IIb isoform is preferentially expressed in small intestinal brush border membrane of mammals. IIa and IIb proteins are predicted to contain eight transmembrane domains with the N- and C-terminal tails facing the cytoplasm. They differ in their pH dependences: the activity of IIa increases at higher pH, whereas the IIb shows no or a slightly opposite pH dependence. To determine the structural domains responsible for the difference in pH sensitivity, mouse IIa and IIb chimeras were constructed, and their pH dependence was characterized. A region between the fourth and fifth transmembrane domains was required for conferring pH sensitivity to the IIa-mediated Na/P(i) cotransport. Sequence comparison (IIa versus IIb) of the third extracellular loops revealed a stretch of three charged amino acids in IIa (REK) replaced by uncharged residues in IIb (GNT). Introduction of the uncharged GNT sequence (by REK) in IIa abolished its pH dependence, whereas introduction of the charged REK stretch in IIb (by GNT) led to a pH dependence similar to IIa. These findings suggest that charged residues within the third extracellular loop are involved in the pH sensitivity of IIa Na/P(i) cotransporter.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Date:3 March 2000
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:22
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:18
Publisher:American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Publisher DOI:10.1074/jbc.275.9.6284
PubMed ID:10692425

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