Cell and Tissue Biology

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 354–361 | Cite as

Comparative analysis of SGLT1 and GLUT2 transporters distribution in rat small-intestine enterocytes and Caco-2 cells during hexose absorption

  • N. M. Grefner
  • L. V. Gromova
  • A. A. Gruzdkov
  • Ya. Yu. Komissarchik


The distribution of SGLT1 and GLUT2 hexose transporters has been evaluated in enterocytes of an isolated loop of the small intestine and Caco-2 cell culture after absorption of hexoses at their high and low concentrations. The SGLT1 transporter was found to be located in enterocytes along the edge of the intestinal villus. The GLUT2 transporter after loading with high hexose concentrations is located in the apical part of enterocytes. In culture, Caco-2 cells form a characteristic of enterocytes microvilli and the cell junction complex. During the incubation of the culture in solutions of glucose and galactose, the absorption of these sugars from the incubation medium was observed. The SGLT1 transporter in the Caco-2 cells is located in the apical and perinuclear enterocyte parts and is organized in globules. After loading with hexoses at low concentrations, the GLUT2 transporter is in the basal cell area. The Caco-2 cell culture can serve a model for studying the transport of sugar in the intestinal epithelium.

Key words

confocal and electron microscopy enterocyte Caco-2 SGLT1 GLUT2 hexoses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. M. Grefner
    • 1
  • L. V. Gromova
    • 2
  • A. A. Gruzdkov
    • 2
  • Ya. Yu. Komissarchik
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of CytologyRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Pavlov Institute of PhysiologyRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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