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Some organic anions are absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract through carrier-mediated transport mechanism(s), which may include proton-coupled transport, anion exchange transport, and others. However, the molecular identity of the organic anion transporters localized at the apical membrane of human intestinal epithelial cells has not been clearly(More)
The pH-sensitive activity of human organic anion transporting polypeptide OATP-B, which is expressed at the apical membrane of human small intestinal epithelial cells, was functionally characterized. When initial uptake of estrone-3-sulfate, a typical substrate of OATP, was studied kinetically, we observed an increase in V(max) with decrease of pH from 7.4(More)
The barrier function of the human mammary gland collapses if challenged with cationic drugs, causing their accumulation in milk. However, underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. To gain insight into the mechanism, we characterized transport of organic cations in the MCF12A human mammary gland epithelial cells, using carnitine and(More)
LKB1 serine/threonine kinase is a gene for Peutz-Jeghers cancer predisposition syndrome. Most studies have detected a low frequency of LKB1 defects in sporadic cancer. A notable exception is a recent report describing frequent, mostly missense type, LKB1 mutations in Korean distal colorectal tumors. To clarify the role of LKB1 in colon cancer, we(More)
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