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The expression and regulation of glucose transporters in tumor cells

Pengfei Zhao ()
Weiwei Wang ()
Li Yang ()
Alatan Gaole ()


Glucose transporter proteins are involved in many physiological and biochemical processes. In particular, the high expressions of sodium-glucose cotransporter and glucose transporter proteins in tumor cells show that these two transporters play a key role in tumor cell metabolism. Studying the crystal structure and conformation of human glucose transporter proteins has enabled the development of drugs based on specific binding sites, opening up a new path towards more effective cancer treatments. This mini review serves to summarize our existing understanding of the metabolic pathways of tumor cells, focusing on the roles of glucose transporter proteins.


glucose transporter proteins; lactate transporters; metabolic pathways; tumor cells

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