The potassium-chloride cotransporters. From cloning to structure and function

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This chapter provides an overview of the potassium-chloride (K+-Cl) cotransporters. These cotransporters are carrier proteins that mediate the coupled, electroneutral transport of one K+ ion and one Cl ion across the plasma membrane. This coupled transport is obligatory as it absolutely requires the simultaneous presence of both K+ and Cl ions on the same side of the membrane for net transport to proceed. The K+-Cl cotransporters are members of a larger gene family called the cation-chloride cotransporters (CCCs) or solute carrier family 12 (SLC12). This gene family also includes the Na+-K+-Cl cotransporter (NKCC) and the Na+-Cl cotransporter (NCC). The chapter also defines the molecular biology of the cation-chloride cotransporter gene family, the K+-Cl cotransporters exhibit the greatest genetic diversity. Four distinct isoforms of the K+-Cl cotransporter are identified, KCC1 (Slc12a4), KCC2 (Slc12a5), KCC3 (Slc12a6), and KCC4 (Slc12a7). Additionally, these KCC isoforms exhibit alternative exon splicing and the use of alternative promoters and first exons, leading to an even greater diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhysiology and Pathology of chloride transporters and channels in the nervous system
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780123743732
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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