Functional Characterization of Human Proton-Coupled Folate Transporter/Heme Carrier Protein 1 Heterologously Expressed in Mammalian Cells as a Folate Transporter

Kinjo Gakuin University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (Impact Factor: 3.97). 09/2007; 322(2):469-76. DOI: 10.1124/jpet.107.122606
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The functional characteristics of human proton coupled folate transporter (hPCFT)/heme carrier protein (HCP) 1 were investigated. hPCFT/HCP1 expressed transiently in human embryonic kidney 293 cells mediated the transport of folate at an acidic extracellular pH of 5.5 in a manner independent of Na(+) and insensitive to membrane potential, but its transport activity was absent at near-neutral pH. Folate transport mediated by hPCFT/hHCP1 at pH 5.5 was saturable with a K(m) of 1.67 microM and extensively inhibited by reduced folates, such as folinate, 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, and methotrexate (MTX). Sulfobro-mophthalein and 4,4'-diisothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid were also found to be potent inhibitors of hPCFT/hHCP1, but hemin was found to exhibit only minimal inhibitory effect. When expressed stably as a protein fused with green fluorescent protein (GFP-hPCFT/HCP1) in MDCKII cells, GFP-hPCFT/HCP1 was mainly localized at the apical membrane, and the cellular accumulation of MTX was higher from the apical side than from the basal side. These functional features of hPCFT/HCP1 are consistent with those of the well characterized carrier-mediated folate transport system in the small intestine, suggesting that hPCFT/HCP1 is responsible for the intestinal absorption of folate and also MTX. We also found that sulfasalazine is a potent inhibitor of hPCFT/HCP1, which would interfere with the intestinal absorption of MTX when coadministered in therapy for rheumatoid arthritis as well as folate.

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    • "For proton co-transporters, like those expressed in small intestinal epithelium, optimal transporting activity is usually observed at acidic pH condition which is close to physiological conditions in the intestine. The proton-coupled folate transporter (PCFT), encoded by SLC46A1, incorporates folate by coupling a proton co-transport down the proton gradient at pH 5.5, however, this transport activity is absent at neutral pH (Nakai et al., 2007). Peptide transporters 1 and 2 (PEPT1 and PEPT2, encoded by SLC15A1 and SLC15A2) are similar examples, which mediate absorption small peptides and peptide-like drugs from the intestine and kidney respectively with symport of a proton (Liu et al., 1995; Liang et al., 1995). "
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    • "Similarly, MDCKII cells stably expressing human PCFT tagged with green fluorescent protein (GFP), which had been prepared as described previously [13], were grown on 24-well plates (1.5 Â 10 5 cells/mL and 1 mL/well) for 2 days to confluence and, after pretreatment with or without myricetin (100 mM), uptake assays were conducted using [ 3 H]folate as a substrate. Mock cells, which were transfected with empty vector, were used to estimate nonspecific uptake. "
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    • "In brush-border membrane vesicles and everted sacs of rat intestine, MTX was transported in saturable and pH-dependent manner [84,101,102], in which the transport of MTX was greatest at pH 4.5 and comparably high in a range from pH 4.0 to 5.5. Above pH 5.5, the transport decreased with an increase in pH and reached a negligibly small level at a neutral pH and above, indicating that PCFT-mediated transport is highly sensitive to extracellular pH [98]. "
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