Aliases for SLC2A1 Gene
- Solute Carrier Family 2 (Facilitated Glucose Transporter), Member 1 2 3
- Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus (I And II) Receptor 2 3
- Glucose Transporter Type 1, Erythrocyte/Brain 3 4
- HepG2 Glucose Transporter 3 4
- GLUT-1 3 4
- GLUT1 3 4
- Solute Carrier Family 2, Facilitated Glucose Transporter Member 1 3
- Receptor For HTLV-1 And HTLV-2 3
- GLUT1DS 3
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Previous Symbols for SLC2A1 Gene
This gene encodes a major glucose transporter in the mammalian blood-brain barrier. The encoded protein is found primarily in the cell membrane and on the cell surface, where it can also function as a receptor for human T-cell leukemia virus (HTLV) I and II. Mutations in this gene have been found in a family with paroxysmal exertion-induced dyskinesia. [provided by RefSeq, Apr 2013]
GeneCards Summary for SLC2A1 Gene
SLC2A1 (Solute Carrier Family 2 (Facilitated Glucose Transporter), Member 1) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with SLC2A1 include glut1 deficiency syndrome 1 and glucose transporter type 1 deficiency syndrome. Among its related pathways are Disease and Pathways in cancer. GO annotations related to this gene include identical protein binding and protein self-association. An important paralog of this gene is ENSG00000251357.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for SLC2A1 Gene
Facilitative glucose transporter. This isoform may be responsible for constitutive or basal glucose uptake. Has a very broad substrate specificity; can transport a wide range of aldoses including both pentoses and hexoses.
Glucose is an essential source of energy for mammalian cells, and is also used as a substrate in protein and lipid synthesis. Given its hydrophilic nature, glucose must be transported into the cell by dedicated transporters; these are encoded by genes known collectively as the facilitative glucose transporter gene family (GLUT). There are 13 known members of the GLUT family. Glucose transporters maintain a ready supply of glucose for the cells metabolic activity. During growth and division, the energy demands of a cell are increased; it needs glucose to generate ATP and biomass. Cancer cells, which proliferate at a greater rate, thus require more energy than a normal cell. Aerobic glycolysis - often observed in tumor cells, and also known as the Warburg effect - relies on a high rate of glucose uptake, since the generation of ATP by this process is far less efficient than oxidative phosphorylation. Glucose transporters, in particular GLUT1, have therefore become a target of interest in cancer research, as have glycolytic inhibitors.