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Biochem Biophys Res Commun March 24, 2006; 341 (4): 945-9.
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Stimulation of the creatine transporter SLC6A8 by the protein kinase mTOR.

Shojaiefard M , Christie DL , Lang F .

Cellular accumulation of creatine is accomplished by the Na(+), Cl(-), and creatine transporter CreaT (SLC6A8). The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a kinase stimulating cellular nutrient uptake. The present experiments explored whether SLC6A8 is regulated by mTOR. In Xenopus oocytes expressing SLC6A8 but not in water injected oocytes, creatine-induced a current which was significantly enhanced by coexpression of mTOR. Kinetic analysis revealed that mTOR enhanced maximal current without significantly altering affinity. Preincubation of the oocytes for 32 h with rapamycin (50 nM) decreased the creatine-induced current and abrogated its stimulation by mTOR. The effect of mTOR on CreaT was blunted by additional coexpression of the inactive mutant of the serum and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase (K119N)SGK1 and mimicked by coexpression of wild type SGK1. In conclusion, mTOR stimulates the creatine transporter SLC6A8 through mechanisms at least partially shared by the serum and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase SGK1.

PubMed ID: 16466692
Article link: Biochem Biophys Res Commun

Species referenced: Xenopus
Genes referenced: mtor sgk1 slc6a8 slc6a8l