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The GLUT4 Glucose Transporter


The GLUT4 Glucose Transporter

Shaohui Huang et al. Cell Metab.


Few physiological parameters are more tightly and acutely regulated in humans than blood glucose concentration. The major cellular mechanism that diminishes blood glucose when carbohydrates are ingested is insulin-stimulated glucose transport into skeletal muscle. Skeletal muscle both stores glucose as glycogen and oxidizes it to produce energy following the transport step. The principal glucose transporter protein that mediates this uptake is GLUT4, which plays a key role in regulating whole body glucose homeostasis. This review focuses on recent advances on the biology of GLUT4.

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