The GLUT4 glucose transporter

Cell Metab. 2007 Apr;5(4):237-52. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2007.03.006.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Glucose / metabolism
  • Glucose Transporter Type 4 / genetics
  • Glucose Transporter Type 4 / metabolism
  • Glucose Transporter Type 4 / physiology*
  • Homeostasis
  • Humans
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Models, Biological
  • Protein Transport
  • Signal Transduction / physiology


  • Glucose Transporter Type 4
  • Glucose