Intestinal transport of bis(12)-hupyridone in caco-2 cells and its improved permeability by the surfactant Brij-35

Hua Yu, Yue Qing Hu, Fanny C.F. Ip, Zhong Zuo, Yifan Han, Nancy Y. Ip

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The objective of the present study was to elucidate the mechanisms of intestinal transport of bis(12)-hupyridone (B12H) to predict its oral bioavailability. The effect of the B12H concentration and the contribution of the drug efflux transporters, P-glycoprotein (P-gp or ABCB1) and multidrug resistance-associated proteins (MRPs or ABCC) on B12H absorption were measured and evaluated using the human intestinal epithelial Caco-2 cell monolayer in the presence of transporter inhibitors. The results indicated that B12H was absorbed in a dose-dependent manner at concentrations ranging from 132 to 264 μM. However, only apical efflux was observed in the directional transport studies for B12H below 88 μM (Papp(AP-to-BL): virtually zero; Papp(BL-to-AP): 1.591 ± 0.071 × 10-5cm s-1). P-gp and mixed P-gp/MRP inhibitors significantly increased the absorptive transport (Papp(AP-to-BL)) to 0.619 ± 0.018 × 10-5and 0.608 ± 0.025 × 10-5cm s-1, respectively, while decreasing secretory transport (Papp(BL-to-AP)) by >75%. A multiple-MRP inhibitor, probenecid, increased the Papp(AP-to-BL) to 0.329 ± 0.015 × 10-5cm s-1while decreasing the Papp(BL-to-AP) by 50%. Another multiple-MRP inhibitor, indomethacin, only modestly decreased the Papp(BL-to-AP) by ∼30% and had no effect on the absorptive transport (Papp(AP-to-BL): virtually zero). In addition, the effect of various pharmaceutical excipients (e.g. Pluronic F-68, Tween-80 and Brij-35) on B12H transport was determined and compared. Among them, Brij-35 effectively enhanced B12H absorption at a concentration lower than its critical micelle concentration (CMC, 60 μM). Therefore, Brij-35 can be used as a potential enhancer to improve intestinal absorption of B12H for oral administration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-150
Number of pages11
JournalBiopharmaceutics and Drug Disposition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • Absorption
  • Bis(12)-hupyridone
  • Multidrug resistance- associated protein
  • Nonionic surfactant
  • P-glycoprotein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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