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Cisplatin nephrotoxicity is critically mediated via the human organic cation transporter 2.

Ciarimboli G., Ludwig T., Lang D., Pavenstaedt H., Koepsell H., Piechota H.J., Haier J., Jaehde U., Zisowsky J., Schlatter E.

Cis-platin is an effective anti-neoplastic agent, but it is also highly nephrotoxic. Here, we clearly identify the human organic cation transporter 2 (hOCT2) as the critical transporter for cis-platin nephrotoxicity in isolated human proximal tubules and offer a potential mechanism for reducing nephrotoxicity in clinical practice. Interaction of cis-platin with hOCT2 in kidney or hOCT1 in liver was investigated with the fluorescent cation 4-[4-(dimethyl-amino)styril]-methylpyridinium in stably transfected HEK293 cells and for the first time in tissues physiologically expressing these transporters, human proximal tubules, and human hepatocyte couplets. Cis-platin (100 micromol/L) inhibited transport via hOCT2-HEK293 but not hOCT1-HEK293. In human proximal tubules cis-platin competed with basolateral organic cation transport, whereas it had no effect in tubules from a diabetic kidney or in hepatocytes. In hOCT2-HEK293 cells treated for 15 hours, incubation with cis-platin induced apoptosis, which was completely suppressed by contemporaneous incubation with the hOCT2 substrate cimetidine (100 micromol/L). These findings demonstrate that uptake of cis-platin is mediated by hOCT2 in renal proximal tubules, explaining its organ-specific toxicity. A combination of cis-platin with other substrates that compete for hOCT2 offers an effective option to decrease nephrotoxicity in the clinical setting.

Am. J. Pathol. 167:1477-1484(2005) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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