Glucose transporters in the uterus: An analysis of tissue distribution and proposed physiological roles

Antonina I. Frolova, Kelle H. Moley

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Abstract

Facilitative glucose transport molecules (glucose transporters, GLUTs) are responsible for glucose transport across cellular membranes. Of the 14 family members, expression of nine has been reported in the murine uterus and seven in the human uterus. Some studies reveal that adequate glucose uptake and metabolism are essential for the proper differentiation of the uterine endometrium toward a receptive state capable of supporting embryo implantation. However, the mechanistic role of GLUTs in endometrial function remains poorly understood. This review aims to present the current knowledge about GLUTexpression in the uterus and distribution among the different cell types within the endometrium. In addition, it analyzes the available data in the context of roles GLUTs may play in normal uterine physiology as well as the pathological conditions of infertility, endometrial cancer, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-220
Number of pages10
JournalReproduction
Volume142
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

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