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Cell Biol Int. 2002;26(3):297-300.

Human articular chondrocytes express three facilitative glucose transporter isoforms: GLUT1, GLUT3 and GLUT9.

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Connective Tissue Research Group, Department of Veterinary Preclinical Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZJ, UK. a.mobasheri@liverpool.ac.uk

Abstract

Glucose is an important metabolite and a structural precursor for articular cartilage and its transport has significant consequences for cartilage development and functional integrity. In this study the expression of facilitative glucose transporters (GLUTs) in human chondrocytes was investigated. Results showed that at least three GLUT isoforms (GLUT1, GLUT3 and GLUT9) are expressed by normal chondrocytes. Given the central role of glucose in chondrocyte physiology and metabolism, its regular provision via GLUTs will influence the metabolic activity and survival of chondrocytes in cartilage matrices.

PMID:
11991658
DOI:
10.1006/cbir.2001.0850
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