Interaction of cytostatics and chemosensitizers with the dexniguldipine binding site on P-glycoprotein

Rainer Boer, Wolf Rüdiger Ulrich, Sabine Haas, Christoph Borchers, Volker Gekeler, Hildegard Boss, Michael Przybylski, Angelika Schödl

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The interaction of cytostatics and chemosensitizers with the dexniguldipine binding site of P-glycoprotein was investigated in photoaffinity labeling experiments. A tritiated azidoderivative of the chemosensitizer dexniguldipine with dihydropyridine structure, [3H]B9209-005, was used to irreversibly label P-glycoprotein. The apparent affinity of cytostatics and chemosensitizers to this binding site was estimated from labeling experiments in the presence of increasing concentrations of compounds. From the cytostatics tested, the vinca alkaloids and taxol showed the highest affinity, anthracyclins possessed moderate affinity while methotrexate, ara C and camptothecin, cytostatics not involved in P-glycoprotein-mediated multidrug resistance, were almost inactive. The chemosensitizers GF 120918, cyclosporin A and SDZ PSC-833 inhibited photoincorporation with the highest potency. Steep dose-inhibition curves were obtained with the cyclic peptides and S9788, indicating that these compounds may bind allosterically to a separate binding site. Compounds with dihydropyridine structure with or without chemosensitizing potency were also tested and some structure-activity relationships could be derived from the data. Our data show that inhibition of photoaffinity labeling by [3H]B9209-005 is a valuable and reliable system for measuring the interaction with and potency of chemosensitizing compounds at P-glycoprotein. Furthermore, data obtained in this test system are well suited to investigate structure-activity relationships for chemosensitizers at P-glycoprotein. In addition cytostatics underlying P-glycoprotein-mediated multidrug resistance can be identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-260
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemosensitizer
  • Multidrug resistance
  • P-Glycoprotein
  • Photoaffinity labeling


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