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Drug Metab Dispos. 2014 Nov;42(11):1834-42. doi: 10.1124/dmd.114.059352. Epub 2014 Aug 21.

Evaluation of in situ generated valproyl 1-O-β-acyl glucuronide in valproic acid toxicity in sandwich-cultured rat hepatocytes.

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Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Acyl glucuronides are reactive electrophilic metabolites implicated in the toxicity of carboxylic acid drugs. Valproyl 1-O-β-acyl glucuronide (VPA-G), which is a major metabolite of valproic acid (VPA), has been linked to the development of oxidative stress in VPA-treated rats. However, relatively little is known about the toxicity of in situ generated VPA-G and its contribution to VPA hepatotoxicity. Therefore, we investigated the effects of modulating the in situ formation of VPA-G on lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release (a marker of necrosis), BODIPY 558/568 C12 accumulation (a marker of steatosis), and cellular glutathione (GSH) content in VPA-treated sandwich-cultured rat hepatocytes. VPA increased LDH release and BODIPY 558/568 C12 accumulation, whereas it had little or no effect on total GSH content. Among the various uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase inducers evaluated, β-naphthoflavone produced the greatest increase in VPA-G formation. This was accompanied by an attenuation of the increase in BODIPY 558/568 C12 accumulation, but did not affect the change in LDH release or total GSH content in VPA-treated hepatocytes. Inhibition of in situ formation of VPA-G by borneol was not accompanied by substantive changes in the effects of VPA on any of the toxicity markers. In a comparative study, in situ generated diclofenac glucuronide was not toxic to rat hepatocytes, as assessed using the same chemical modulators, thereby demonstrating the utility of the sandwich-cultured rat hepatocyte model. Overall, in situ generated VPA-G was not toxic to sandwich-cultured rat hepatocytes, suggesting that VPA glucuronidation per se is not expected to be a contributing mechanism for VPA hepatotoxicity.

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