In vitro substrate identification studies for P-glycoprotein-mediated transport: Species difference and predictability of in vivo results

Masayo Yamazaki, William E. Neway, Tomoyuki Ohe, I. Wu Chen, Janice F. Rowe, Jerome H. Hochman, Masato Chiba, Jiunn H. Lin

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Two different cellular assay models were assessed as in vitro systems for P-glycoprotein (P-gp) substrate identification: cellular accumulation studies with KB-V1, a human MDR1 P-gp-overexpressing multidrug-resistant human epidermoid carcinoma cell line; and transcellular transport studies with L-MDR1 (or L-mdr1a), a human MDR1 (or mouse mdr1a)-transfected porcine renal epithelial cell line. The in vitro-in vivo correlation for P-gp-mediated transport activity was also examined by comparing in vitro data obtained from L-mdr1a cell studies and in vivo data from mdr1a (-/-)/(+/+) CF-1 mice studies for several compounds. The results are summarized as follows: 1) two in vitro assay systems routinely identified the substrate for human MDR1 P-gp-mediated transport with similar quantitative results; 2) in vitro studies with L-MDR1 and L-mdr1a cells demonstrated that the P-gp substrate susceptibility is different between human and mouse for certain compounds (species difference); and 3) in vivo brain concentration ratios of mdr1a (-/-) to (+/+) CF-1 mice, either at a certain time point or up to 60 min, correlated well with the in vitro transcellular transport ratios from L-mdr1a cells (r2 = 0.968 and 0.926, respectively). This indicates that, at least in mice, the in vitro data are valid predictors of the in vivo contribution of P-gp: the contribution of P-gp to the distribution of the compound to the brain up to 60 min post i.v. administration. These results provide a rationale for predicting in vivo relevance of P-gp in human form in vitro data using human P-gp-expressing cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-735
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Mar 14
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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