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Biochem Pharmacol. 2006 Sep 28;72(7):824-37. Epub 2006 Aug 4.

Gomisin A alters substrate interaction and reverses P-glycoprotein-mediated multidrug resistance in HepG2-DR cells.

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Bioactive Products Research Group, Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong S A R, China.


Through an extensive herbal drug screening program, we found that gomisin A, a dibenzocyclooctadiene compound isolated from Schisandra chinensis, reversed multidrug resistance (MDR) in Pgp-overexpressing HepG2-DR cells. Gomisin A was relatively non-toxic but without altering Pgp expression, it restored the cytotoxic actions of anticancer drugs such as vinblastine and doxorubicin that are Pgp substrates but may act by different mechanisms. Several lines of evidence suggest that gomisin A alters Pgp-substrate interaction but itself is neither a Pgp substrate nor competitive inhibitor. (1) First unlike Pgp substrates gomisin A inhibited the basal Pgp-associated ATPase (Pgp-ATPase) activity. (2) The cytotoxicity of gomisin A was not affected by Pgp competitive inhibitors such as verapamil. (3) Gomisin A acted as an uncompetitive inhibitor for Pgp-ATPase activity stimulated by the transport substrates verapamil and progesterone. (4) On the inhibition of rhodamine-123 efflux the effects of gomisin A and the competitive inhibitor verapamil were additive, so were the effects of gomisin A and the ATPase inhibitor vanadate. (5) Binding of transport substrates with Pgp would result in a Pgp conformational change favoring UIC-2 antibody reactivity but gomisin A impeded UIC-2 binding. (6) Photocrosslinking of Pgp with its transport substrate [125I]iodoarylazidoprazosin was inhibited by gomisin A in a concentration-dependent manner. Taken together our results suggest that gomisin A may bind to Pgp simultaneously with substrates and alters Pgp-substrate interaction.

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