A Kinetic Model of the Monocarboxylate Transporter MCT1 and its Interaction with Carbonic Anhydrase II
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2010

The enzyme carbonic anhydrase isoform II (CAII), catalyzing the hydration and dehy-dration of CO2, enhances transport activity of the monocarboxylate transporter isoform I (MCT1, SLC16A1) expressed in Xenopus oocytes by a mechanism that does not require CAII catalytic activity. In the present study, we have investigated the mechanism of the CAII induced increase in transport activity by using electrophysiological techniques and mathematical modeling of the MCT1 transport cycle. The model consists of six states arranged in cyclic fashion and features an ordered, mirrorsymmetric, binding mechanism, where binding and unbinding of the proton to the transport protein is considered to be the rate limiting step under physiological conditions. An explicit rate expression for the substrate flux is derived using model reduction techniques. By treating the pools of intra-and extracellular MCT1 substrates as dynamic states, the time dependent kinetics are obtained by integration, using the derived expression for the substrate flux. The simulations were compared with experimental data obtained from MCT1-expressing oocytes injected with different amounts of CAII. The model suggests that CAII increases the effective rate constants of the proton reactions, possibly by working as a proton antenna.

Model reduction


Mathematical modeling


Proton antenna

pH-sensitive microelectrodes


Joachim E Almqvist

Chalmers, Kemi- och bioteknik, Livsvetenskaper

Patrick Lang

Dieter Prätzel-Wolters

Joachim W. Deitmer

Mats Jirstrand

Chalmers, Kemi- och bioteknik, Livsvetenskaper

Holger M. Becker

Journal of Computer Science and Systems Biology

0974-7230 (ISSN)

Vol. 3 5 107-116


Biokemi och molekylärbiologi



Annan matematik



Grundläggande vetenskaper


Livsvetenskaper och teknik (2010-2018)



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