• chondrocyte;
  • sulphate transport;
  • AE2;
  • DTDST;
  • SLC26a11


Uptake of SOmath image by articular chondrocytes is an essential step in the pathway for sulphation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), with mutations in SOmath image transport proteins resulting in abnormalities of skeletal growth. In the present study, the transporters mediating SOmath image transport in bovine articular chondrocytes have been characterized. Expression of candidate transporters was determined using RT-PCR, while SOmath image transport was measured in radioisotope flux experiments. RT-PCR experiments showed that bovine articular chondrocytes express three transporters known to transport SOmath image: AE2 (SLC4a2), DTDST (SLC26a2), and SLC26a11. Other transporters—NaS-1 (SLC13a1), SAT-1 (SLC26a1), DRA (SLC26a3), SLC26a6 (PAT1), SLC26a7, SLC26a8 (Tat-1), and SLC26a9—were, however, not detected. In functional experiments, SOmath image uptake was temperature-sensitive, inhibited by 60% by DIDS (50 µM) and exhibited saturation kinetics, with a Km value of 16 mM. Uptake was also inhibited at alkaline extracellular pH. In further experiments, a Ki value for DIDS inhibition of SOmath image efflux of 5 µM was recorded. A DIDS-sensitive component of SOmath image efflux persisted in solutions lacking Cl ions. These data are interpreted as evidence for the preferential operation of carrier-mediated exchange of SOmath image for Cl, while an alternative SOmath image–OH exchange mode is also possible. © 2007 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Orthop Res