Current understanding of hepatic and intestinal OATP-mediated drug-drug interactions

Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2011 Nov;4(6):729-42. doi: 10.1586/ecp.11.58.


At present, many patients are medicated with various drugs, which are, at the same time, associated with an increased risk of drug-drug interactions (DDIs). Detailed analysis of mechanisms underlying DDIs is the basis of a better prediction of adverse drug events caused by drug interactions. In the last few decades, an involvement of transporters in such processes has been more and more recognized. Indeed, uptake transporters belonging to the organic anion-transporting polypeptide (OATP) family have been shown to interact with a variety of drugs in clinical use. Particularly, the subfamily of OATP1B transporters has been extensively studied, identifying several clinical significant DDIs based on those hepatic uptake transporters. By contrast, the role of OATP2B1 in this context is rather underestimated. Therefore, in addition to known interactions based on OATP1B transporters, we have focused on DDIs probably based on OATP2B1 inhibition in the liver and those possibly owing to the inhibition of OATP2B1-mediated drug absorption in the intestine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drug Interactions / genetics
  • Drug Interactions / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Mucosa / metabolism*
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Multigene Family / genetics
  • Multigene Family / physiology
  • Organic Anion Transporters / genetics
  • Organic Anion Transporters / physiology*


  • Organic Anion Transporters