It is known that the lipid-lowering agent pravastatin, which is not metabolized by cytochrome P450, is eliminated as an unchanged drug in bile and urine. It is interesting to note that the non-renal clearance of pravastatin in end-stage renal failure patients is decreased compared with that of healthy volunteers. This study investigated the influence of uremic serum and toxins on the transport mechanisms of pravastatin to elucidate the cause of decreased non-renal clearance in end-stage renal failure patients. Caco-2 and Hep3B cells were used as models of intestinal epithelial cells and hepatocytes respectively. Normal and uremic serum were deproteinized by treatment with methanol. 3-Carboxy-4-methyl-5propyl-2-furanpropanoic acid (CMPF), hippuric acid, indole-3-acetic acid, 3-indoxyl sulfate, and p-cresol were chosen as uremic toxins. Uremic serum-treated Caco-2 cells exhibited significantly increased accumulation of pravastatin and significantly decreased expression of MRP2 mRNA compared with normal serum-treated Caco-2 cells. In addition, the expression of MRP2 mRNA tended to decrease in cells treated with CMPF, indole-3-acetic acid, or 3-indoxyl sulfate. Uremic serum-treated Hep3B cells showed a significantly decreased initial uptake rate of pravastatin; furthermore, the expressions of OATP1B1 and OATP2B1 mRNA were decreased compared to normal serum-treated Hep3B cells. These results suggest that the decrease in the non-renal clearance of pravastatin in end-stage renal failure patients is partly induced by the downregulation of intestinal MRP2 and hepatic OATP1B1 and/or OATP2B1 by various uremic toxins in end-stage renal failure patients.
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