Comparison of drug transporter gene expression and functionality in Caco-2 cells from 10 different laboratories.
ABSTRACT Caco-2 cells, widely used to study carrier mediated uptake and efflux mechanisms, are known to have different properties when cultured under different conditions. In this study, Caco-2 cells from 10 different laboratories were compared in terms of mRNA expression levels of 72 drug and nutrient transporters, and 17 other target genes, including drug metabolising enzymes, using real-time PCR. The rank order of the top five expressed genes was: HPT1>GLUT3>GLUT5>GST1A>OATP-B. Rank correlation showed that for most of the samples, the gene ranking was not significantly different. Functionality of transporters and the permeability of passive transport markers metoprolol (transcellular) and atenolol (paracellular) were also compared. MDR1 and PepT1 function was investigated using talinolol and Gly-Sar transport, respectively. Sulfobromophthalein (BSP) was used as a marker for MRP2 and OATP-B functionality. Atenolol permeability was more variable across laboratories than metoprolol permeability. Talinolol efflux was observed by all the laboratories, whereas only five laboratories observed significant apical uptake of Gly-Sar. Three laboratories observed significant efflux of BSP. MDR1 expression significantly correlated to the efflux ratio and net active efflux of talinolol. PepT1 mRNA levels showed significant correlation to the uptake ratio and net active uptake of Gly-Sar. MRP2 and OATP-B showed no correlation to BSP transport parameters. Heterogeneity in transporter activity may thus be due to differences in transporter expression as shown for PepT1 and MDR1 which in turn is determined by the culture conditions. Absolute expression of genes was variable indicating that small differences in culture conditions have a significant impact on gene expression, although the overall expression patterns were similar.
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ABSTRACT: Information on toxicokinetics is critical for animal-free human risk assessment. Human external exposure must be translated into human tissue doses and compared with in vitro actual cell exposure associated to effects (in vitro in vivo comparison). Data on absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion in humans (ADME) could be generated using in vitro and QSAR tools. Physiologically-based toxicokinetic (PBTK) computer modelling could serve to integrate disparate in vitro and in silico findings. However, there are only few freely-available PBTK platforms currently available. And allthough some ADME parameters can be reasonably estimated in vitro or in silico, important gaps exist. Examples include unknown or limited applicability domains and lack of (high-throughput) tools to measure penetration of barriers, partitioning between blood and tissues and metabolic clearance. This paper is based on a joint EPAA - EURL ECVAM expert meeting. It provides a state of the art overview of the availability of PBTK platforms as well as the in vitro and in silico methods to parameterise basic (Tier 1) PBTK models. Five high-priority issues are presented that provide the prerequisites for wider use of non-animal based PBTK modelling for animal-free chemical risk assessment.Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 11/2013; · 2.13 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Oral delivery is the preferred route of administration and therefore good absorption after oral dosing is a prerequisite for a compound to be successful in the clinic. The prediction of oral bioavailability from in vitro permeability assays is thus a valuable tool during drug discovery and development. Caco-2 cell monolayers mimic the human intestinal epithelium in many aspects. These monolayers form tight junctions between cells and have been widely used as a model of human intestinal absorption. Caco-2 cells also express a variety of transporter proteins although the transformed nature of the cells results in unpredictable differentiation markers, transport properties and enzyme expression. Thus various modifications of the Caco-2 assay are used in laboratories across the globe. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of a time and resource saving 7-day Caco-2 assay protocol. We also discuss the impact of various experimental conditions on permeability measurements and its applications during lead optimization in early discovery and for clinical candidate characterization, specifically for prediction of absorption in human, at a later stage in drug development.European journal of pharmaceutical sciences: official journal of the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences 02/2014; · 2.61 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Drug interactions due to efflux transporters may result in one drug increasing or decreasing the systemic exposure of a second drug. The potential for in vivo drug interactions is estimated through in vitro cell assays. Variability in in vitro parameter determination (e.g., IC50 values) among laboratories may lead to different conclusions in in vivo interaction predictions. The objective of this study was to investigate variability in in vitro inhibition potency determination that may be due to calculation methods. In a Caco-2 cell assay, the absorptive and secretive permeability of digoxin was measured in the presence of spironolactone, itraconazole and vardenafil. From the permeability data, the efflux ratio and net secretory flux where calculated for each inhibitor. IC50 values were then calculated using a variety of equations and software programs. All three drugs decreased the secretory transport of digoxin in a concentration-dependent manner while increasing digoxin's absorption to a lesser extent. The resulting IC50 values varied according to the parameter evaluated, whether percent inhibition or percent control was applied, and the computational IC50 equation. This study has shown that multiple methods used to quantitate the inhibition of drug efflux in a cell assay can result in different IC50 values. The variability in the results in this study points to a need to standardize any transporter assay and calculation methods within a laboratory and to validate the assay with a set of known inhibitors and non-inhibitors against a clinically relevant substrate.The AAPS Journal 12/2013; · 4.39 Impact Factor