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Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics

Effects of cytokines on CYP3A4 expression and reversal of the effects by anti-cytokine agents in the three-dimensionally cultured human hepatoma cell line FLC-4.


PMID 25760537

Abstract

The expression of hepatic cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is altered under pathological conditions with increased levels of cytokines. In this study, we analyzed the effects of cytokines (interleukin [IL]-1β, IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor α) on the expression of CYP3A4 using newly introduced three-dimensionally cultured human hepatocarcinoma FLC-4 cells. The mRNA level of CYP3A4 was significantly decreased by IL-1β, IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α. Formation of α-hydroxytriazolam catalyzed by CYP3A was decreased by IL-1β and IL-6. Pre-treatment with IL-6 enhanced the cytotoxic effects of gefitinib and paclitaxel. In addition, tocilizumab and IL-1 receptor antagonist restored the decreased expression of CYP3A4 mRNA by IL-6 and IL-1β, respectively. These results obtained by using three-dimensionally cultured FLC-4 cells are consistent with results obtained by using primary human hepatocytes and results of clinical studies. Therefore, three-dimensionally cultured FLC-4 cell system may be a promising cellular tool to assess the effects of cytokines on CYP3A4 expression.