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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Sep 19;309(2):324-30.

Expressions of hepatobiliary organic anion transporters and bilirubin-conjugating enzyme in differentiating embryonic stem cells.

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Third Department of Internal Medicine, Mie University School of Medicine, 2-174 Edobashi, Tsu city 514-8507, Japan.


Mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells are clonal cell lines derived from the inner cell mass of developing blastocysts and have multi-lineage differentiation ability. We previously reported that ES cells can be made to differentiate into hepatocytes possessing high metabolic activities by transfection of hepatocyte nuclear factor-3beta (HNF-3beta). In the present study, we investigated the expression of hepatobiliary organic anion transporters and bilirubin uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase (ugt1a1) in undifferentiated and differentiating HNF-3beta-transfected ES (HNF-3beta-ES) cells. The expression of organic anion transporting polypeptide 1 (oatp1), multidrug resistance-associated protein 1 (mrp1), mrp2, mrp3, and ugt1a1 was not seen in the undifferentiated HNF-3beta-ES cells by RT-PCR, whereas all were expressed in differentiating HNF-3beta-ES cells. Protein expression for oatp1, mrp1, mrp2, mrp3, and ugt1a1 was also observed in the differentiating HNF-3beta-ES cells by Western blotting. An immunofluorescence examination revealed that oatp1 was co-located with desmoplakin, a marker for the basolateral (sinusoidal) membrane, and mrp2 was co-localized with CD26, a marker for the apical (canalicular) membrane, though they were both expressed throughout most of the cell membranes.

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