Effect of tyrosine kinase inhibitors on renal handling of creatinine by MATE1

Sci Rep. 2018 Jun 18;8(1):9237. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-27672-y.


Creatinine is actively secreted across tubular epithelial cells via organic cation transporter 2 (OCT2) and multidrug and toxin extrusion 1 (MATE1). We previously showed that the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) crizotinib inhibits OCT2-mediated transport of creatinine. In the present work, we examined the inhibitory potency of TKIs, including crizotinib, on MATE1-mediated transport of creatinine. Then, we used the kinetic parameters estimated in this and the previous work to predict the potential impact of TKIs on serum creatinine level (SCr) via reversible inhibition of creatinine transport. Crizotinib inhibited [14C]creatinine uptake by MATE1-overexpressing cells, and the inhibitory effect increased with incubation time, being greater in the case of pre-incubation or combined pre-incubation/co-incubation (pre/co-incubation) than in the case of co-incubation alone. The inhibition was non-competitive, with K i values of 2.34 μM, 0.455 μM and 0.342 μM under co-, pre- or pre/co-incubation conditions, respectively. Similar values were obtained for inhibition of [3H]MPP+ uptake by MATE1-overexpressing cells. Gefitinib, imatinib, pazopanib, sorafenib, and sunitinib also inhibited MATE1-mediated creatinine uptake. Further, all these TKIs except pazopanib inhibited [14C]creatinine uptake by OCT2-overexpressing cells. In rat kidney slices, the ratio of unbound tissue accumulation of TKIs to extracellular concentration ranged from 2.05 to 3.93. Prediction of the influence of TKIs on SCr based on the renal creatinine clearance and plasma maximum unbound concentrations of TKIs suggested that crizotinib and imatinib might increase SCr by more than 10% in the clinical context. Accordingly, it is necessary to be cautious in diagnosing TKI-induced renal failure only on the basis of an increase of SCr.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Transport / drug effects
  • Cell Line
  • Creatinine / metabolism
  • Crizotinib / pharmacology
  • Dogs
  • Gefitinib / pharmacology
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Imatinib Mesylate / pharmacology
  • Indazoles
  • Kidney / drug effects*
  • Kidney / metabolism
  • Madin Darby Canine Kidney Cells
  • Male
  • Organic Cation Transport Proteins / metabolism
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Pyrimidines / pharmacology
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Sorafenib / pharmacology
  • Sulfonamides / pharmacology
  • Sunitinib / pharmacology


  • Indazoles
  • Organic Cation Transport Proteins
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Pyrimidines
  • Sulfonamides
  • Crizotinib
  • pazopanib
  • Imatinib Mesylate
  • Sorafenib
  • Creatinine
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Gefitinib
  • Sunitinib