Localization of the murine reduced folate carrier as assessed by immunohistochemical analysis

Biochim Biophys Acta. 2001 Jul 2;1513(1):49-54. doi: 10.1016/s0005-2736(01)00340-6.


The reduced folate carrier (RFC1) is a major route for the transport of folates in mammalian cells. The localization of RFC1 in murine tissues was evaluated by immunohistochemical analysis using a polyclonal antibody to the C-terminus of the carrier. There was expression of RFC1 in the brush-border membrane of the jejunum, ileum, duodenum and colon. RFC1 was localized to the basolateral membrane of the renal tubular epithelium. Carrier was detected on the plasma membrane of hepatocytes but not in bile duct epithelial cells. In the choroid plexus RFC1 was highly expressed at the apical surface. It was also expressed in axons and dendrites and on the apical membrane of cells lining the spinal canal. In spleen, RFC1 was detected only in the cells of the red pulp. These data provide insights into the role that RFC1 plays in folate delivery in a variety of tissues. In particular, the localization of carrier may elucidate the role of RFC1 in the vectorial transport of folates across epithelia. The data also indicate that in kidney tubules and choroid plexus the sites of RFC1 expression are different from what has been reported previously for the folate receptor; and while RFC1 is expressed in small intestine, folate receptor is not.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blotting, Western
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Carrier Proteins / analysis*
  • Folate Receptors, GPI-Anchored
  • Folic Acid / analysis*
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Intestines / chemistry
  • Kidney / chemistry
  • Liver / chemistry
  • Membrane Proteins / analysis*
  • Membrane Transport Proteins*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Receptors, Cell Surface*
  • Spleen / chemistry


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Folate Receptors, GPI-Anchored
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Membrane Transport Proteins
  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Slc19a2 protein, mouse
  • Folic Acid