EAAC1 - "Electrophysiological recordings of EAAC1 (SLC1A1) activity on Nanion’s SURFE²R N1"
SURFE²R application note (0.4 MB)
The excitatory amino acid carrier 1 (EAAC1; also known as EAAT3) is a sodium-dependent neuronal uptake transporter encoded by the slc1a1 gene. It plays amajor role in the reuptake of glutamate from the synaptic cleft, thereby maintaining a low extra- cellular concentration of glutamate and regulating the excitatory neurotransmission. EAAC1 is also involved in the uptake of aspartate and cysteine into the cells. The transporter is highly expressed in mature neurons, where it is distributed in somata and dendrites. EAAC1 functions as a cotransporter, coupling the uphill substrate transport into the cells to the electrochemical gradients of sodium and potassium. The stoichiometry of transport is 1 glutamate with 3 Na+ and 1H+ moving into the cell to 1 K+ moving out of the cell. Therefore EAAC1 is an electrogenic transporter, generating a net charge flow.
Dysfunction of glutamate transporters leads to increased extracellular glutamate levels, thereby causing neuro- toxicity and neurodegeneration. Regulatory mechanisms facilitating EAAC1 function are, therefore, interesting as targets for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
Here we present EAAC1 activity measurements on the SURFE²R N1 instrument using purified plasma membrane of CHO cells expressing EAAC1.