Cloning and characterization of rat pancreatic β-cell/liver type glucose transporter gene: A Unique exon/intron organization

Yong Ho Ahn, Jae Woo Kim, Gil Soo Han, Byung Gwan Lee, Yoon Soo Kim

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Four overlapping λ genomic clones encoding rat pan- creatic β-cell/liver type glucose transporter (GLUT2) have been isolated and characterized. The gene is about 35 kb long and contains 14 exons and 13 introns. Contrary to the exon 1 of the human or mouse counterpart, the rat GLUT2 gene has three additional noncoding exons which were identified by 5′-RACE and all four were designated exon 1a, 1b, 1c, and 1d. The intron sequences bordering the splice site junctions generally follow the GT/AG rule except for one intron which begins with GC. The exon sequences determined from genomic DNA sequencing showed some differences when compared to the published rat GLUT2 cDNA. Transcription initiation site was determined by primer extension and located 661 bp upstream of the ATG translation initiation codon. Several potential binding sites for transcription factors such as C/EBP, Sp1, AP1, HNF-5, and UPE were observed and they may be responsible for the regulation of GLUT2 gene expression. The promoter region of rat GLUT2 showed little homology when compared with those of human or mouse. However, striking sequence identity (84%) was found when the adjacent intron regions flanking exon 1c were compared with the -970/-721 region of the mouse GLUT2 promoter. A series of deleted mutant constructs of the putative promoter region linked to the CAT reporter gene showed promoter activity in the primary hepatocyte culture. The region containing -452/+240 showed the highest CAT activity and fur ther deletion of the region showed gradual decrease in CAT activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-396
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Nov 10

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The nucleotide sequence data reported in this article have been deposited with the GenBank database under Accession Nos. L28126± L28135 and L28678. 1This study was supported by the NonDirected Research Fund, Korea Research Foundation, 1993. 2To whom correspondence and reprint requests should be addressed at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 134 Shinchon-dong, Seodae-moon-gu, Seoul 120±752, Korea. Fax: (82)-(2)-312-5041.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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