AIDS THERAPEUTICS & BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER AZT DRUG EFFLUX

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Principal Investigator: William Pardridge
Affiliation: University of California
Country: USA
Abstract: The goal of this research is to develop new brain drug delivery strategies for azidothymidine (AZT) and other nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTI) so that the clinical potential of these drugs is enhanced for the treatment of the cerebral component of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Nearly all current drugs in clinical practice for the treatment of AIDS (NRTI, non-NRTI, and HIV protease inhibitors) are not transported from blood in brain in pharmacologically significant amounts owing to the active efflux of these drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The clinical potential of these drugs could be enhanced for the treatment of cerebral AIDS by the administration of co-drugs, wherein the co-drugs are inhibitors of the BBB active efflux systems. The development of co-drugs is straightforward for HIV protease inhibitors, because these drugs are substrates for a known efflux transporter, p-glycoprotein. However, the development of co-drugs for the NRTI's cannot be achieved presently because the putative active efflux systems for AZT and the other NRTI's has not been defined at the molecular level. The purpose of the proposed studies is to clone, sequence, and express a full length cDNA encoding the AZT active efflux transporter protein localized at the BBB. The availability of the cDNA will allow for the expression of the AZT active efflux transporter in a defined format and this will allow for the subsequent identification of drugs that are inhibitors of the BBB AZT efflux transporter. The following specific aims are proposed: (1) expression cloning of the AZT efflux cDNA using the frog oocyte expression cloning system and RNA derived from a bovine brain capillary cDNA library; (2) DNA sequencing of the cloned cDNA and DNA sequence analysis; (3) expression of the cDNA in COS cells followed by measurements of the Michaelis-Menten Kinetics of radiolabeled AZT transport into these cells; (4) functional analysis of the BBB AZT efflux transporter mRNA and protein using Northern blotting, immunocytochemistry, and electron microscopy of brain and isolated brain capillaries.
Funding Period: 2000-06-01 - 2003-05-31
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. ncbi Molecular biology of the blood-brain barrier
    William M Pardridge
    Department of Medicine, UCLA, Warren Hall 13 164, 900 Veteran Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
    Mol Biotechnol 30:57-70. 2005
  2. pmc Blood-brain barrier genomics and cloning of a novel organic anion transporter
    Chun Chu
    Department of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90024, USA
    J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 28:291-301. 2008

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  1. ncbi Molecular biology of the blood-brain barrier
    William M Pardridge
    Department of Medicine, UCLA, Warren Hall 13 164, 900 Veteran Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
    Mol Biotechnol 30:57-70. 2005
    ..The discovery of new BBB transporters can lead to the development of new approaches to brain drug delivery using endogenous brain endothelial transporters...
  2. pmc Blood-brain barrier genomics and cloning of a novel organic anion transporter
    Chun Chu
    Department of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90024, USA
    J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 28:291-301. 2008
    ..Blood-brain barrier-specific anion transporter type 1 is a novel organic anion transporter that is a sodium-independent exchanger that may participate in the active efflux of iodothyronines and steroid conjugates at the BBB...