Glutamate Aspartate Transporter
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Glutamate Aspartate Transporter
AliasesSLC1A3, EA6, EAAT1, GLAST, GLAST1, solute carrier family 1 member 3
External IDsOMIM: 600111 MGI: 99917 HomoloGene: 20882 GeneCards: SLC1A3
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 5 (human)
Chr.Chromosome 5 (human)[1]
Chromosome 5 (human)
Genomic location for SLC1A3
Genomic location for SLC1A3
Band5p13.2Start36,606,355 bp[1]
End36,688,334 bp[1]
RefSeq (mRNA)
RefSeq (protein)
Location (UCSC)Chr 5: 36.61 - 36.69 MbChr 15: 8.63 - 8.71 Mb
PubMed search[3][4]

Solute carrier family 1 (glial high-affinity glutamate transporter), member 3, also known as SLC1A3, is a protein that, in humans, is encoded by the SLC1A3 gene.[5] SLC1A3 is also often called the GLutamate ASpartate Transporter (GLAST) or Excitatory Amino Acid Transporter 1 (EAAT1) .

GLAST is predominantly expressed in the plasma membrane, allowing it to remove glutamate from the extracellular space.[6] It has also been localized in the inner mitochondrial membrane as part of the malate-aspartate shuttle.[7]


GLAST functions in vivo as a homotrimer.[8] GLAST mediates the transport of glutamic and aspartic acid with the cotransport of three Na+ and one H+ cations and counter transport of one K+ cation. This co-transport coupling (or symport) allows the transport of glutamate into cells against a concentration gradient.[9]

Tissue distribution

GLAST is expressed throughout the CNS,[10] and is highly expressed in astrocytes and Bergmann glia in the cerebellum.[11][12] In the retina, GLAST is expressed in Muller cells.[13] GLAST is also expressed in a number of other tissues including cardiac myocytes.[7]

Clinical significance

It is associated with type 6 episodic_ataxia.[14]


DL-threo-beta-benzyloxyaspartate (TBOA) is an inhibitor of the excitatory amino acid transporters.[15]

Selective inhibitors for GLAST have recently been discovered based on 25 combinations of substitutions at the 4 and 7 positions of 2-amino-5-oxo-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-4H-chromene-3-carbonitril.[16]


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  9. ^ Kanai Y, Hediger MA (2004). "The glutamate/neutral amino acid transporter family SLC1: molecular, physiological and pharmacological aspects". Pflügers Arch. 447 (5): 469-79. doi:10.1007/s00424-003-1146-4. PMID 14530974.
  10. ^ Danbolt NC (September 2001). "Glutamate uptake". Prog. Neurobiol. 65 (1): 1-105. doi:10.1016/S0301-0082(00)00067-8. PMID 11369436.
  11. ^ Storck T, Schulte S, Hofmann K, Stoffel W (1992). "Structure, expression, and functional analysis of a Na(+)-dependent glutamate/aspartate transporter from rat brain". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 89 (22): 10955-9. doi:10.1073/pnas.89.22.10955. PMC 50461. PMID 1279699.
  12. ^ Rothstein JD, Martin L, Levey AI, Dykes-Hoberg M, Jin L, Wu D, Nash N, Kuncl RW (1994). "Localization of neuronal and glial glutamate transporters". Neuron. 13 (3): 713-25. doi:10.1016/0896-6273(94)90038-8. PMID 7917301.
  13. ^ Rauen T, Taylor WR, Kuhlbrodt K, Wiessner M (1998). "High-affinity glutamate transporters in the rat retina: a major role of the glial glutamate transporter GLAST-1 in transmitter clearance". Cell Tissue Res. 291 (1): 19-31. doi:10.1007/s004410050976. PMID 9394040.
  14. ^ Jen JC, Wan J, Palos TP, Howard BD, Baloh RW (2005). "Mutation in the glutamate transporter EAAT1 causes episodic ataxia, hemiplegia, and seizures". Neurology. 65 (4): 529-34. doi:10.1212/01.WNL.0000172638.58172.5a. PMID 16116111.
  15. ^ Shimamoto K, Lebrun B, Yasuda-Kamatani Y, Sakaitani M, Shigeri Y, Yumoto N, Nakajima T (February 1998). "DL-threo-beta-benzyloxyaspartate, a potent blocker of excitatory amino acid transporters". Molecular Pharmacology. 53 (2): 195-201. PMID 9463476.
  16. ^ Jensen AA, Erichsen MN, Nielsen CW, Stensbøl TB, Kehler J, Bunch L (Feb 26, 2009). "Discovery of the first selective inhibitor of excitatory amino acid transporter subtype 1". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 52 (4): 912-5. doi:10.1021/jm8013458. PMID 19161278.

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