Effect of chlorpromazine on hepatic transport of indocyanine green in rats

Biochem Pharmacol. 1983 Mar 15;32(6):1105-12. doi: 10.1016/0006-2952(83)90633-0.


The effect of chlorpromazine hydrochloride (CPZ) on the hepatic transport of indocyanine green (ICG) was studied in the rat, in an attempt to elucidate the mechanisms of hepatotoxicity of CPZ in vivo, by comparing the pharmacokinetic parameters of ICG after bolus and chronic administration of CPZ. Delays were shown in both plasma disappearance and biliary excretion of ICG in the CPZ-treated rats (10 and 15 mg/kg intraportal bolus administration). Significant decreases were observed in the pharmacokinetic parameters, V2 and total body clearance (CLtot) in CPZ 10 mg/kg treated rats and k34, V2 and CLtot in CPZ 15 mg/kg treated rats, while a significant increase was observed in k21 in both CPZ-treated groups; V1 was not altered. The apparent liver-to-plasma concentration ratio (Kp,app) of ICG at 50 min after i.v. administration was decreased significantly in CPZ 15 mg/kg treated rats when compared to control rats, suggesting an alteration in the distribution of ICG to the liver by CPZ. Bile flow rates decreased immediately after bolus intraportal administration of CPZ in both CPZ-treated groups, and they then returned progressively to the basal levels. The output of bile acids was also inhibited by CPZ in a time-dependent and reversible manner and the bile acid independent fraction of bile flow was decreased significantly in both CPZ-treated groups. Chronic treatment with CPZ (10 or 20 mg/kg, i.p., per day for 3 weeks) did not alter either the pharmacokinetic parameters or the bile secretion profile of ICG, although there were significant decreases in body and liver weights in CPZ-treated groups. This may have been due to the rapid metabolism and excretion of CPZ in the rat when compared to humans. It is proposed that the acute toxic effect of CPZ on hepatic transport of ICG in the rat may be due mainly to the time-dependent and reversible cholestasis induced by CPZ, and that chronic treatment with CPZ may not alter the hepatic transport of ICG in the rat.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bile / metabolism
  • Biological Transport / drug effects
  • Chlorpromazine / pharmacology*
  • Chlorpromazine / toxicity
  • Indocyanine Green / metabolism*
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains


  • Indocyanine Green
  • Chlorpromazine