Fluorine-19 magnetization transfer studies have been used to measure the transport rate of glucopyranosyl fluorides under equilibrium exchange conditions. Although rate constants and permeabilities could be determined for beta-D-glucopyranosyl fluoride, the exchange rate for alpha-D-glucopyranosyl fluoride was found to be too slow for determination using this method. The time-dependent decomposition of the beta-glucopyranosyl fluoride also limits the accuracy of the numerical results for this species; however, it is clear that the permeabilities of the alpha and beta forms differ significantly, i.e., P beta > P alpha. This observation is in contrast to recent observations for n-fluoro-n-deoxyglucose, for which P alpha > P beta for n = 2, 3, 4, or 6. The difference can be explained in terms of a simple alternating conformation model in which one of the conformations (with an external sugar-binding site) exhibits a preference for the beta form of the molecule, while the second conformation (with an internal sugar binding site) exhibits a preference for the alpha form. Fluorine/hydroxyl substitutions unmask these preferences by selectively reducing the binding to one of the conformations, depending on the specific site of fluorination. © 1995, The Biophysical Society. All rights reserved.
London, R. E., & Gabel, S. A. (1995). Fluorine-19 NMR studies of glucosyl fluoride transport in human erythrocytes. Biophysical Journal, 69(5), 1814–1818. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3495(95)80051-2