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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2009 Dec;1788(12):2489-96. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2009.10.008. Epub 2009 Oct 17.

Functional characterization of a Na(+)-coupled dicarboxylate transporter from Bacillus licheniformis.

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Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0718, USA.


The Na(+)-coupled dicarboxylate transporter, SdcL, from Bacillus licheniformis is a member of the divalent anion/Na(+) symporter (DASS) family that includes the bacterial Na(+)/dicarboxylate cotransporter SdcS (from Staphyloccocus aureus) and the mammalian Na(+)/dicarboxylate cotransporters, NaDC1 and NaDC3. The transport properties of SdcL produced in Escherichia coli are similar to those of its prokaryotic and eukaryotic counterparts, involving the Na(+)-dependent transport of dicarboxylates such as succinate or malate across the cytoplasmic membrane with a K(m) of approximately 6 microM. SdcL may also transport aspartate, alpha-ketoglutarate and oxaloacetate with low affinity. The cotransport of Na(+) and dicarboxylate by SdcL has an apparent stoichiometry of 2:1, and a K(0.5) for Na(+) of 0.9 mM. Our findings represent the characterization of another prokaryotic protein of the DASS family with transport properties similar to its eukaryotic counterparts, but with a broader substrate specificity than other prokaryotic DASS family members. The broader range of substrates carried by SdcL may provide insight into domains of the protein that allow a more flexible or larger substrate binding pocket.

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