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Protein Abundance of Hepatic Drug Transporters in Patients With Different Forms of Liver Damage

May 1, 2020 | Magazine: Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Marek Drozdzik, Sylwia Szelag-Pieniek, Mariola Post, Samir Zeair, Maciej Wrzesinski, Mateusz Kurzawski, Jesus Prieto, Stefan Oswald


Hepatocellular transporter levels were quantified using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry methods. Liver function deterioration (Child-Pugh class C) produced significant protein abundance (mean values) increase (to healthy livers) in P-gp (to 260% (CV (coefficient of variation) 82%)) and MRP4 (CV 230%) (not detected in healthy livers), decrease in MRP2 (to 30% (CV 126%)), NTCP (to 34% (CV 112%)), OCT1 (to 35% (CV 153%)), OATP1B1 (to 46% (CV 73%)), and OATP2B1 (to 27% (CV 230%)), whereas BSEP (CV 99%), MRP3 (CV 106%), OAT2 (CV 97%), OCT3 (CV 113%), and OATP1B3 (CV 144%) remained unchanged.

Alcoholic liver disease produced significant protein downregulation of MRP2 (to 30% (CV 134%)), NTCP (to 76% (CV 78%)), OAT2 (to 26% (CV 117%)), OATP1B1 (to 61% (CV 76%)), OATP1B3 (to 79% (CV 160%)), and OATP2B1 (to 73% (CV 90%)) of healthy tissue values. Hepatitis C produced BSEP (to 47% (CV 99%)) and OATP2B1 (to 74% (CV 91%)) protein reduction. Primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis demonstrated P-gp and MRP4 protein upregulation (to 350% (CV 47%) and 287% (CV 38%), respectively). Autoimmune hepatitis revealed P-gp (to 410% (CV 49%)) and MRP4 (CV 96%) increase, and MRP2 (to 18% (CV 259%)) protein decrease. Drug transporters' protein abundance depends on liver pathology type and its functional state.

CITA DEL ARTÍCULO  Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2020 May;107(5):1138-1148. doi: 10.1002/cpt.1717.