Organic Anion Transporters

Kevin T. Bush, Megha Nagle, David M. Truong, Vibha Bhatnagar, Gregory Kaler, Satish A. Eraly, Wei Wu, Sanjay K. Nigam

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Organic anion transporters (OATs) specialize in transporting organic anions (OAs), and most of the accumulated knowledge concerning OAT function has been found by studying prototypical substrates such as para-aminohippurate (PAH) and estrone-3-sulfate. OATs not only share high sequence homology, but they share many structural characteristics as well, including a sequence length of 500-600 amino acids, 12 transmembrane-spanning domains (TMDs), and cytosolic N- and C-termini. Identification of the specific proteins mediating OA secretion at the molecular level has allowed for the analysis of the pre- and postnatal ontogeny of the OATs, which may have clinical implications for the dosing of drugs to premature infants and full-term newborns, as well as pediatric patients. OATs are found in most barrier epithelia of the body, including the choroid plexus, blood- brain barrier, biliary tract, intestine, retinal-blood barrier, olfactory mucosa, and blood-testes barrier, among others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDrug Transporters
Subtitle of host publicationMolecular Characterization and Role in Drug Disposition: Second Edition
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781118705308
ISBN (Print)9781118489932
StatePublished - Sep 2 2014


  • Ontogeny
  • Organic anion transporters (OATs)
  • Para-aminohippurate (PAH)
  • Prototypical substrates
  • Transmembrane-spanning domains (TMDs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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