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Failure of P-glycoprotein ( MDR1) expressed in Xenopus oocytes to produce swelling- activated chloride channel activity.

1. P-glycoprotein, the protein product of the multidrug resistance (MDR1) gene, has ATP-dependent transporter activity. It has been suggested that P-glycoprotein may also function as a volume- regulated chloride channel or chloride channel regulator. To assess the chloride channel function of P-glycoprotein, we examined swelling-activated chloride conductances in Xenopus oocytes injected with human MDR1 cRNA. 2. Functional expression of P-glycoprotein in Xenopus oocytes was confirmed using Western blot analysis and by assessing transport of the P-glycoprotein substrate, calcein AM. 3. Endogenous, swelling-activated chloride conductances were virtually absent by the time P-glycoprotein expression was confirmed. Thus, this expression system afforded the advantage of assessing putative MDR1-associated chloride currents in the absence of background currents. 4. The currents activated by hypotonic shock (50%) in both MDR1-injected and control (water-injected) oocytes were not significantly different. The swelling response was due in part to the activation of a potassium-selective conductance which could be inhibited by barium. No chloride-selective currents were activated by hypotonic shock in the presence or absence of barium. Therefore, we conclude that P-glycoprotein expression does not produce a swelling-activated chloride conductance in the Xenopus oocyte expression system.[1]


  1. Failure of P-glycoprotein (MDR1) expressed in Xenopus oocytes to produce swelling-activated chloride channel activity. Morin, X.K., Bond, T.D., Loo, T.W., Clarke, D.M., Bear, C.E. J. Physiol. (Lond.) (1995) [Pubmed]
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