Metabolism of cyclosporine by cytochromes P450 3A9 and 3A4

  • P. A. Kelly
  • H. Wang
  • K. L. Napoli
  • B. D. Kahan
  • H. W. Strobel


The ability of P450 3A9 to transform cyclosporine was studied and compared to that of human P450 3A4. Purified P450 3A4 and P450 3A9 proteins were reconstituted in a system containing potassium phosphate buffer, lipids, NADPH-P450 reductase, and glutathione with NADPH added to initiate the reaction. Cyclosporine was added alone and with or without the inhibitors, ketoconazole or troleandomycin. High performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet (HPLC/UV) techniques were used to analyze for cyclosporine metabolites. Both P450 3A4 and P450 3A9 transformed cyclosporine to three metabolites: AM1, AM9, and AM4n. P450 3A4 predominantly formed AM1 (63% of metabolites formed) while P450 3A9 formed AM4n (59% of metabolites formed). Ketoconazole (0.5 μM) completely inhibited P450 3A9 catalyzed formation of AM1 and AM9 and reduced AM4n formation to 28% of control. AM4n, AM1, and AM9 formation catalyzed by P450 3A4 was reduced to 50%, 30%, and 10% of control, respectively, by 0.5 μM ketoconazole. Troleandomycin (>10μM) inhibited the formation of AM4n by P450 3A4 and P450 3A9 to 60–70% of control, while the production of AM1 by P450 3A4 was increased to 120% of control and the production of AM1 by P450 3A9 was inhibited to 50% of control. Inhibition of P450 3A4 by troleandomycin (>10 μM) reduced the formation of AM9 to 40% of control, but only reduced P450 3A9 formation of AM9 to 80% of control. This study shows that rat P450 3A9 is capable of transforming cyclosporine to multiple metabolites similar to those generated by human P450 3A4.


Cytochrome P450 drug metabolism cyclosporine cytochrome P450 3A4 cytochrome P450 3A9 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Kelly
    • 3
    • 2
  • H. Wang
    • 1
  • K. L. Napoli
    • 3
  • B. D. Kahan
    • 3
  • H. W. Strobel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyUniversity of Texas-Houston Health Science CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.College of PharmacyUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Immunology and Organ TransplantationUT-Houston Medical SchoolHoustonUSA

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