Effect of cyclosporin analogues and FK506 on transcellular transport of daunorubicin and vinblastine via P-glycoprotein

Kumiko Tanaka, Midori Hirai, Yusuke Tanigawara, Masato Yasuhara, Ryohei Hori, Kazumitsu Ueda, Ken Ichi Inui

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Purpose. P-glycoprotein-mediated transcellular transport of anticancer agents and the inhibitory effect of cyclosporin analogs and FK506 were investigated. Methods. The transcellular transport of daunorubicin and vinblastine by monolayers of LLC-GA5-COL150 cells which overexpressed P-glycoprotein was measured in the presence and absence of cyclosporins or FK506. Results. Cyclosporins and FK506 inhibited P-glycoprotein-mediated transport of daunorubicin and vinblastine in the order of cyclosporin D, dihydrocyclosporin D > cyclosporin A > FK506 > cyclosporin C, dihydrocyclosporin C. The intracellular accumulation of the anticancer agents was highly associated with the transporting function of P-glycoprotein. The inhibitory effect of cyclosporin D was concentration-dependent. The inhibitory effect of the modulators on P-glycoprotein was not correlated with the immunosuppressive activity, but was correlated with their lipophilicity. Conclusions. In the transcellular transport system, lipophilicity may be one of the determinants for the inhibitory effect of various multidrug resistance modulators on the P-glycoprotein-mediated transport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1077
Number of pages5
JournalPharmaceutical research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Aug 20
Externally publishedYes


  • Cyclosporine
  • Daunorubicin
  • FK506
  • P-glycoprotein
  • Vinblastine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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