Veterinary Research Communications

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 93–106 | Cite as

Avermectin transepithelial transport in MDR1- and MRP-transfected canine kidney monolayers

  • David J. BraydenEmail author
  • Joanna Griffin
Original Article


Fluxes of the anti-parasitic agents, [3H]-ivermectin, [3H]-selamectin and [3H]-moxidectin were studied across non-transfected and transfected canine kidney epithelial monolayers, MDCK II/wt, MDCK II-MDR1, MDCK II-MRP1 and MDCK II-MRP2. All four lines surprisingly expressed significant levels of P-glycoprotein (P-gp), coded for by MDR1, but MDCK II-MDR1 expressed increased levels compared to the other lines. MDCK II-MRP1 and MDCK II-MRP2 expressed increased levels of MRP1 and MRP2 respectively. Fluxes of [3H]-ivermectin, [3H]-selamectin, [3H]-moxidectin, and the P-gp substrates, rhodamine-123 and DiOC2, were polarized in the basolateral-to-apical (secretory) direction across the four lines. Selected MRP inhibitors used in relevant pharmacological concentrations did not block the secretory fluxes of either [3H]-ivermectin or [3H]-selamectin in either the non-transfected or MRP-transfected lines. In contrast, secretory fluxes of ivermectin and selamectin were inhibited in all four lines by the P-gp inhibitor, verapamil. These data confirm that ivermectin and selamectin are substrates for P-gp in four additional cell lines, but suggest that they are not significant substrates for MRP1 or MRP2 where there is background expression of P-gp. Since this pattern of expression also pertains on the blood-brain barrier, it is unlikely that MRP1 and MRP2 play a significant role in ivermectin and selamectin blood: brain distribution in vivo.


Blood-brain barrier Ivermectin Multidrug-resistance associated proteins P-glycoprotein efflux Selamectin 


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  1. 1.School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary MedicineUniversity College DublinDublin 4Ireland

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