Differential interactions of cytochalasins with P-glycoprotein

Jack T. Zilfou, Charles D. Smith

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Cytochalasins are a family of structurally related natural product cytotoxins that selectively depolymerize microfilaments. In this study, the interaction between several cytochalasins and the drug transporter P-glycoprotein was investigated. Dihydrocytochalasin B and cytochalasin E consistently sensitized P-glycoprotein-overexpressing human breast carcinoma cells (MCF-7/ADR) to daunomycin, vinblastine, and actinomycin D without affecting the cytotoxicity of cisplatin. These compounds did not affect the sensitivities of the parental MCF-7 cells to anticancer drugs, indicating that their effects are due to P-glycoprotein inhibition. Effects of dihydrocytochalasin B and cytochalasin E were observed at concentrations as low as 2.5 and 5 μM, respectively. In contrast, cytochalasins A, B, C, D, H, and J did not sensitize MCF-7/ADR cells to any of the drugs. The accumulation of [3H]-vinblastine by MCF-7/ADR cells and by drug-resistant human ovarian carcinoma cells (SKVLB1) was increased to the greatest extent by verapamil, followed by dihydrocytochalasin B > cytochalasin E > cytochalasin B, whereas cytochalasins A, C, D, H, and J did not alter intracellular accumulation of the drug. Similarly to verapamil, dihydrocytochalasin B significantly stimulated the ATPase activity of P-glycoprotein, while other Cytochalasins were ineffective. These results demonstrate that very closely related compounds can differentially interact with P-glycoprotein. For example, the only difference between cytochalasin B and dihydrocytochalasin B is the saturation of a carbon-carbon double bond in dihydrocytochalasin B. These structural differences may provide important insight into chemical determinants for drug interaction with P-glycoprotein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-443
Number of pages9
JournalOncology Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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