Modulation of p-glycoprotein function by caveolin-1 phosphorylation.

Laboratoire de médecine moléculaire, Hôpital Sainte-Justine, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Journal of Neurochemistry (Impact Factor: 3.97). 05/2007; 101(1):1-8. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-4159.2006.04410.x
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ABSTRACT p-glycoprotein (p-gp) is an ATP-binding cassette transporter and its overexpression is responsible for the acquisition of the multidrug resistance phenotype in human tumors. p-gp is localized at the blood-brain barrier and is involved in brain cytoprotection. Our previous work used immunoprecipitation to show that caveolin-1 can interact with p-gp. In this study, we provide evidence that caveolin-1 regulates p-gp transport activity in a rat brain endothelial cell line (RBE4). Down-regulation of caveolin-1 by siRNA reduced the interaction between p-gp and caveolin-1, followed by a decrease in [3H]-Taxol and [3H]-Vinblastine accumulation in RBE4 cells. The latter result showed that down-regulation of caveolin-1 enhanced p-gp transport activity. RBE4 cells were also transfected with Sarcoma in order to modulate caveolin-1 phosphorylation. Overexpression of Sarcoma, a protein tyrosine kinase, stimulated caveolin-1 phosphorylation and increased both [3H]-Taxol and [3H]-Vinblastine accumulation as well as Hoechst 33342 accumulation. Transfection of caveolin-1 inhibits p-gp transport activity. Conversely, transfection of the mutant cavY14F decreased the p-gp/caveolin-1 interaction and reduced accumulation of the two p-gp substrates. Thus, our data show that caveolin-1 regulates p-gp function through the phosphorylation state of caveolin-1 in endothelial cells from the blood-brain barrier.

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