It has been shown that vitamin C (VC) is transported at synaptic boutons, but how this occurs has not been elucidated. This study investigates the role of the sodium-dependent vitamin C transporter-2 (SVCT2) in transporting VC at the cortical nerve terminal. Immunostaining of cultured mouse superior cervical ganglion cells showed the SVCT2 to be expressed in presynaptic boutons, colocalizing with the vesicular monoamine transporter-2 and the norepinephrine transporter. Immunoblotting of enriched cortical synaptosomes demonstrated that the SVCT2 was enriched in presynaptic fractions, confirming a predominantly presynaptic location. In crude synaptosomes, known inhibitors of SVCT2 inhibited uptake of VC. Furthermore, the kinetic features of VC uptake were consistent with SVCT2-mediated function. VC was also found to efflux from synaptosomes by a mechanism not involving the SVCT2. Indeed, VC efflux was substantially offset by reuptake of VC on the SVCT2. The presence and function of the SVCT2 at the presynaptic nerve terminal suggest that it is the transporter responsible for recovery of VC released into the synaptic cleft. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
The vitamin C (VC) transporter sodium-dependent vitamin C transporter-2 (SVCT2) colocalizes with the vesicular monoamine transporter-2 and the norepinephrine transporter in the presynaptic boutons of cultured mouse superior cervical ganglion cells. The SVCT2 is also functional in cortical synaptosomes, suggesting that it is responsible for the recovery of VC released into the synaptic cleft.