On Chip Bioelectric Impedance Spectroscopy Reveals the Effect of P-Glycoprotein Efflux Pumps on the Paracellular Impedance of Tight Junctions at the Blood-Brain Barrier

Ramsey Kraya, Alexander Komin, Peter Searson

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Abstract

Bioelectric impedance spectroscopy was used to elucidate the influence of P-gp efflux pumps on the kinetics of tight junction down-regulation in confluent monolayers of Madine Darby Canine Kidney Epithelial Cells (MDCK) following administration of phenylarsine oxide (PAO), a molecule that inhibits protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTP) and induces matrix metalloproteinase activity. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and phosphatase inhibitors induce modification of occludin tight junction proteins critical for the proper function of the blood-brain barrier. The addition of PAO to MDCKII cell lines resulted in a dramatic decrease in monolayer resistance. In contrast, MDCKII-MDR1 cells transfected with the MDR1 gene treated with PAO showed an initial decrease in monolayer resistance followed by a partial recovery and subsequent decrease. This resistance decay reversal was suppressed with the addition of the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) pump inhibitor elacridar, and is attributed to PAO efflux. These results illustrate impedance spectroscopy can be used to characterize the competing kinetics of efflux and down-regulation of tight junctions. In addition, the resistance decay reversal effect can be used to evaluate P-gp pump inhibitor efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-703
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Bioimpedance
  • cells (biology)
  • drug delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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