Aliases for SLC38A9 Gene
External Ids for SLC38A9 Gene
GeneCards Summary for SLC38A9 Gene
SLC38A9 (Solute Carrier Family 38, Member 9) is a Protein Coding gene.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for SLC38A9 Gene
Lysosomal amino acid transporter involved in the activation of mTORC1 in response to amino acids. Probably acts as an amino acid sensor of the Rag GTPases and Ragulator complexes, 2 complexes involved in amino acid sensing and activation of mTORC1, a signaling complex promoting cell growth in response to growth factors, energy levels, and amino acids (PubMed:25561175, PubMed:25567906). Following activation by amino acids, the Ragulator and Rag GTPases function as a scaffold recruiting mTORC1 to lysosomes where it is in turn activated. SLC38A9 mediates transport of amino acids with low capacity and specificity with a slight preference for polar amino acids, suggesting that it acts as an amino acid sensor instead (PubMed:25561175, PubMed:25567906). The high concentration of arginine in lysosomes suggests that it acts as an arginine sensor (PubMed:25567906).