Intestinal drug transport: ex vivo evaluation of the interactions between ABC transporters and anthelmintic molecules

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  • M. Ballent,

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    1. Laboratorio de Farmacología, Centro de Investigación Veterinaria de Tandil, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, UNCPBA, Tandil, Argentina
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  • L. Maté,

    1. Laboratorio de Farmacología, Centro de Investigación Veterinaria de Tandil, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, UNCPBA, Tandil, Argentina
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  • G. Virkel,

    1. Laboratorio de Farmacología, Centro de Investigación Veterinaria de Tandil, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, UNCPBA, Tandil, Argentina
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  • J. Sallovitz,

    1. Laboratorio de Farmacología, Centro de Investigación Veterinaria de Tandil, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, UNCPBA, Tandil, Argentina
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  • P. Viviani,

    1. Laboratorio de Farmacología, Centro de Investigación Veterinaria de Tandil, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, UNCPBA, Tandil, Argentina
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  • C. Lanusse,

    1. Laboratorio de Farmacología, Centro de Investigación Veterinaria de Tandil, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, UNCPBA, Tandil, Argentina
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  • A. Lifschitz

    1. Laboratorio de Farmacología, Centro de Investigación Veterinaria de Tandil, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, UNCPBA, Tandil, Argentina
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Abstract

The family of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters is composed of several transmembrane proteins that are involved in the efflux of a large number of drugs including ivermectin, a macrocyclic lactone (ML) endectocide, widely used in human and livestock antiparasitic therapy. The aim of the work reported here was to assess the interaction between three different anthelmintic drugs with substrates of the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and the breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP). The ability of ivermectin (IVM), moxidectin (MOX) and closantel (CST) to modulate the intestinal transport of both rhodamine 123 (Rho 123), a P-gp substrate, and danofloxacin (DFX), a BCRP substrate, across rat ileum was studied by performing the Ussing chamber technique. Compared to the controls, Rho 123 efflux was significantly reduced by IVM (69%), CST (51%) and the positive control PSC833 (65%), whereas no significant differences were observed in the presence of MOX (30%). In addition, DFX efflux was reduced between 59% and 72% by all the assayed drug molecules, showing a higher potency than that observed in the presence of the specific BCRP inhibitor pantoprazole (PTZ) (52%). An ex vivo intestinal transport approach based on the diffusion chambers technique may offer a complementary tool to study potential drug interactions with efflux transporters such as P-gp and BCRP.

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