Inhibition of hepatic uptake of bile acids by rifamycins

Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 1978 Mar;302(1):19-24. doi: 10.1007/BF00586591.


The effect of rifamycin SV and rifampicin on hepatic acid uptake was studied using isolated rat hepatocytes in presence and in absence of albumin. The drugs inhibited cholate uptake more than taurocholate uptake and the inhibition was of non-competitive type. In presence of 3% albumin the inhibitory effect of the drugs was more for cholate and less for taurocholate uptake than in absence of albumin. Neither the binding of bile acids nor that of the drugs to albumin was altered by one another. Thus the effect in presence of albumin cannot be explained by the binding of the drugs and bile acids to albumin alone. It is suggested that albumin interacts with hepatic bile acid uptake process and this interaction with cholate uptake is different from that with taurocholate uptake. This additional and different effect of albumin may explain the effect of the drugs in presence of albumin. The results may be of clinical significance in rifamycins treatments.

MeSH terms

  • Albumins / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Bile Acids and Salts / metabolism*
  • Depression, Chemical
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Liver / drug effects
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Protein Binding / drug effects
  • Rats
  • Rifamycins / pharmacology*
  • Time Factors


  • Albumins
  • Bile Acids and Salts
  • Rifamycins