Author(s): Kokk K, Verjnkorva E, Wu XK, Tapfer H, Pldoja E,
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Abstract A family of glucose transporters (GLUT) mediates the cellular uptake of glucose at the plasma membrane by facilitated diffusion. We investigated the presence of isoforms GLUT1-4 of class I subfamilies in different types of cells in the mouse, rat and human testis by indirect immunofluorescence technique. Immunocytochemical analyses demonstrated that GLUT1 was expressed in the rat testis, GLUT2 in the mouse and rat testis, GLUT3 in the mouse, rat and human testis and GLUT4 was not presented in the testis at all. A very intensive positive immunoreaction for GLUT3 was found in Sertoli cells, peritubular myoid cells, macrophage-like interstitial cells, testicular endothelial cells and early spermatocytes. GLUT3 positive cells were not found in the luminal part of Sertoli cells, spermatids or Leydig cells. The present results suggest that glucose uptake in different testicular cells is mediated by GLUT1, GLUT2 and GLUT3 and the GLUT3 was the prominent glucose transporter type in the testicular cells.
This article was published in Medicina (Kaunas)
and referenced in Journal of Steroids & Hormonal Science