Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications vol:304 issue:2 pages:248-52
Using the patch-clamp method, we investigated a relationship between MDR1 expression and its effects on the CFTR channel function. Incubation of CaCo-2 cells with increasing concentrations of doxorubicin resulted in a reduction of CFTR chloride channel activity in a dose-dependent manner. This reduction was associated with a decrease of CFTR mRNA and simultaneous up-regulation of MDR1 mRNA in the presence of doxorubicin. Similar alteration of the CFTR function was observed in CaCo-2 cells transiently overexpressing MDR1. No alterations of the cAMP-dependent chloride currents were observed in COS-1 cells transiently co-expressing CFTR and MDR1 from strong CMV promoters. This indicated that repression of CFTR by MDR1 induction requires the presence of the native CFTR promoter.