Journal of Asian natural products research

EM-E-11-4 increases paclitaxel uptake by inhibiting P-glycoprotein-mediated transport in Caco-2 cells.

PMID 26045195


P-glycoprotein (P-gp) overexpression is the main mechanism involved in chemotherapy drug resistance such as paclitaxel resistance and therapy failure. The most widely studied P-gp inhibitors still have limited ability to reverse resistance in the clinic. In this study, EM-E-11-4, a lathyrane-type diterpenoid isolated from Euphorbia micractina, was found to significantly increase paclitaxel uptake in Caco-2 cells, which functionally overexpressed P-gp. In vitro transport experiments, carried out in the Caco-2 monolayer model, indicated that EM-E-11-4 significantly reduced the efflux ratio of paclitaxel transport by inhibiting P-gp function without affecting P-gp expression. We also found that EM-E-11-4 enhanced the intracellular accumulation of paclitaxel in a dose-dependent manner by LC-MS/MS and EM-E-11-4 showed low cytotoxicity. Hence, EM-E-11-4 is an effective potential agent to reverse P-gp-mediated paclitaxel resistance by inhibiting P-gp transport function and increasing the intracellular concentration of paclitaxel.