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Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2003 Mar;44(3):1305-11.

Loss of MCT1, MCT3, and MCT4 expression in the retinal pigment epithelium and neural retina of the 5A11/basigin-null mouse.

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Department of Pathology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA.



The neural retina expresses multiple monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs) that are likely to play a key role in the metabolism of the outer retina. Recently, it was reported that targeting of MCT1 and -4 to the plasma membrane requires association with 5A11/basigin (CD147). In the present study, the hypothesis that reduced amplitudes in the electroretinograms in the 5A11/basigin null mouse (Bsg(-/-)) may be linked to altered expression of MCTs was studied.


The expression and subcellular distribution of MCTs in Bsg(-/-) mice was analyzed by immunofluorescence microscopy with isoform-specific antibodies. Protein expression was analyzed by Western blot analysis, and mRNA expression was examined with RT-PCR.


Immunofluorescence labeling of tissue sections from the Bsg(-/-) mice revealed a dramatic reduction in labeling with MCT antibodies. There was a loss of MCT1 labeling in the apical membrane of the RPE and in the neural retina. MCT3, which is expressed in the basolateral membrane of the RPE wild-type mouse, was expressed at very low levels in both the apical and basolateral membranes of the Bsg(-/-) mouse. There was no change in expression or distribution of the glucose transporter (GLUT)-1 in the RPE and retina of the Bsg(-/-) mouse. Western blot analysis of detergent-soluble lysates prepared from wild-type and Bsg(-/-) eyes confirmed that the levels of MCT1, MCT3, and MCT4 protein were severely reduced in Bsg(-/-) mice. RT-PCR analyses of mRNA levels from wild-type and Bsg(-/-) mice demonstrated that the MCT1 transcript was expressed at normal levels in Bsg(-/-) mice.


In Bsg(-/-) mice, there is a severe reduction in accumulation of the MCT1 and -3 proteins in the RPE and a concomitant reduction in MCT1 and -4 in the neural retina supporting a role for 5A11/basigin in the targeting of these transporters to the plasma membrane. Decreased expression of MCT1 and -4 on the surfaces of Müller and photoreceptor cells may compromise energy metabolism in the outer retina, leading to abnormal photoreceptor cell function and degeneration.

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