Organic Anion Transporter 3 Contributes to theRegulation of Blood Pressure Volker Vallon,*†‡ Satish A. Eraly,* William R. Wikoff,§ Timo Rieg,*‡ Gregory Kaler,*David M. Truong,* Sun-Young Ahn,* Nitish R. Mahapatra,* Sushil K. Mahata,*‡Jon A. Gangoiti,储 Wei Wu,* Bruce A. Barshop,储 Gary Siuzdak,§ and Sanjay K. Nigam*储¶ Departments of *Medicine, †Pharmacology, 储Pediatrics, and ¶Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University ofCalifornia, San Diego, ‡Department of Medicine, San Diego VA Healthcare System, and §Department of MolecularBiology and the Center for Mass Spectrometry, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California ABSTRACTRenal organic anion transporters (OAT) are known to mediate the excretion of many drugs, but theirfunction in normal physiology is not well understood. In this study, mice lacking organic anion transporter3 (Oat3) had a 10 to 15% lower BP than wild-type mice, raising the possibility that Oat3 transports anendogenous regulator of BP. The aldosterone response to a low-salt diet was blunted in Oat3-null mice,but baseline aldosterone concentration was higher in these mice, suggesting that aldosterone dysregu-lation does not fully explain the lower BP in the basal state; therefore, both targeted and globalmetabolomic analyses of plasma and urine were performed, and several potential endogenous sub-strates of Oat3 were found to accumulate in the plasma of Oat3-null mice. One of these substrates,thymidine, was transported by Oat3 expressed in vitro. In vivo, thymidine, as well as two of the mostpotent Oat3 inhibitors that were characterized, reduced BP by 10 to 15%; therefore, Oat3 seems toregulate BP, and Oat3 inhibitors might be therapeutically useful antihypertensive agents. Moreover,polymorphisms in human OAT3 might contribute to the genetic variation in susceptibility tohypertension.
J Am Soc Nephrol 19: 1732–1740, 2008. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2008020180 The proximal tubule of the mammalian kidney ef- Organic anion transporter 1 (Oat1),9,10 a gene ficiently secretes a large variety of organic anions originally identified as novel kidney transporter (OA) leading to the rapid urinary excretion of those (NKT) and proposed to function in organic ion compounds. Basolateral uptake from plasma intothe tubular cell, the first step in this secretory pro- Received February 13, 2008. Accepted April 11, 2008.
cess, operates via anion exchange, coupling the en- Published online ahead of print. Publication date available at try of OA to the exit of dicarboxylates along their concentration gradient. Subsequent apical efflux V.V. and S.A.E. contributed equally to this work.
from tubular cell into urine does not seem to be ratelimiting and may occur via efflux pumps and/or N.R.M.'s current affiliation is Department of Biotechnology, IITMadras, Chennai, India.
anion exchange. Substrates for this secretory pro-cess include numerous important drugs (e.g., most Correspondence: Dr. Volker Vallon, Division of Nephrology andHypertension, Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology, Univer- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ␤-lactam sity of California San Diego and VASDHCS, 3350 La Jolla Village antibiotics, diuretics, nucleoside analog antivirals).
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Copyright 䊚 2008 by the American Society of Nephrology ISSN : 1046-6673/1909-1732 J Am Soc Nephrol 19: 1732–1740, 2008 transport,11,12 and Oat3, a gene originally identified as Roct (reduced in oc transporter),13 seem to account largely for the basolateral uptake step of renal OA secretion: Both transport- ers have been immunolocalized to the basolateral membrane of the proximal tubule of human, rat, and mouse.14–21 More- over, when expressed in Xenopus oocytes or epithelial cell lines,both Oat1 and Oat3 function as exchangers, coupling substrate entry to dicarboxylate exit.10,22,23 We, and subsequently others, recently characterized mice null for Oat1 and Oat3, finding specific defects in OA transport resulting in reduced renal excretion of diuretics and other systolic blood pressure (mmHg drugs.24–28 In the course of performing these experiments, we discovered, unexpectedly, that the Oat3⫺/⫺ mice, although otherwise grossly physiologically normal, manifested lowered BP. (Renal blood flow [as determined by paraaminohippuricacid clearance] and glomerular filtration [inulin clearance] were unaffected,26 indicating that altered renal hemodynamics do not account for the observed OA excretory defects in thesemice.) BP was not affected in Oat1⫺/⫺ mice or in those null for the related proximal tubular OAT, URAT1.29–31 These findings raised the possibility that Oat3 mediates the specific transport of an endogenous compound(s) involved in the reg-ulation of BP. Moreover, they suggested the possibility that inhibition of Oat3 might also lower BP and, therefore, that Oat3 inhibitors might be useful in the treatment of hyperten- mean blood pressure (mmHg) sion. Here we describe experiments addressing these hypothe- arterial catherization Figure 1. Low BP in Oat3 knockout mice. Systolic BP was deter- mined by tail-cuff method in awake mice, or mice were anesthe-tized and mean arterial BP was directly measured via an intra-arterial catheter. Data are means ⫾ SEM of measurements in six Oat3 Knockout Mice Manifest Reduced BP to 20 mice of each genotype. BP measurements under anesthesia Tail-cuff measurements consistently revealed a 10 to 15% low- were previously reported for Oat1 knockout (⫺/⫺) mice.28 Mean ering of both systolic (Figure 1) and diastolic arterial BP (data arterial pressure was significantly reduced in Oat3⫺/⫺ compared not shown) in awake Oat3⫺/⫺ compared with wild-type with WT mice (**P ⬍ 0.01) but not in mice lacking the related (WT) mice, in the absence of significant differences in heart proximal tubular OAT Oat1 or mUrat1 (RST), raising the possibility rate (data not shown). This was confirmed when BP was di- that an endogenous BP-regulating compound is transported by rectly measured via arterial catheterization in anesthetized mice (Figure 1); again, heart rate was not significantly differentcompared with WT mice (data not shown). Moreover, there compound. We reasoned that such substrates should be in- were no differences between Oat3⫺/⫺ and WT mice in general creased in the plasma and possibly decreased in the urine of aspects of renal function (GFR, renal blood flow,26 and frac- Oat3⫺/⫺ mice, owing to loss of Oat3-mediated tubular secre- tional excretion of fluid and electrolytes; data not shown). By tion. We initially performed targeted gas chromatography/ contrast, BP was unaffected in mice null for the other major mass-spectrometry (GC/MS) as described previously,28 to de- basolateral proximal tubular OAT, Oat1 (Figure 1), or in those termine the concentrations of approximately 30 of the most null for mUrat1 (RST), an apical proximal tubular OAT in- abundant small OA in the urine and plasma of WT and volved in the renal reabsorption of urate.29–31 These results Oat3⫺/⫺ mice, including various Krebs cycle intermediates suggest the possibility of specific transport of an endogenous and fatty and amino acid metabolites. No significant differ- BP-regulating compound by Oat3.
ences between WT and null mice were noted (Figure 2A, left),indicating that this set of compounds, although including sev- Identification of Potential Endogenous Oat3 eral putative novel endogenous Oat1 substrates (Figure 2A, right) does not seem to contain any authentic substrates of We performed analyses of Oat3⫺/⫺ mouse urine and plasma Oat3. Accordingly, we performed global (metabolomic) rather so as to identify endogenous substrates of Oat3, among which than targeted mass spectrometric analyses of Oat3⫺/⫺ plasma might be included the aforementioned putative BP-regulating and urine, assaying the levels of several thousands of molecules J Am Soc Nephrol 19: 1732–1740, 2008 Oat3 and BP Control Figure 2. Detection of potential endogenous Oat3 substrates. (A) GC/MS analysis was performed to de- termine the levels of approximately 30 of the most abundant endogenous OA in plasma and urine. For each compound, the ratio of the concentration in urine (normalized to creatinine) to the concentration in plasma was calculated, representing a measure of the efficiency of renal excretion. Urine/plasma ratios of these compounds were largely unaffected in Oat3⫺/⫺ [urine/plasma] Oat3 -/ 10-3 mice (left). In comparison, several compounds mani- fested markedly lower urine/plasma ratios (i.e., lower apparent renal excretion) in Oat1⫺/⫺ compared with 10-5 10-4 10-3 10-2 10-1 100 101 102 103 104 105 10-5 10-4 10-3 10-2 10-1 100 101 102 103 104 105 WT mice, indicating the involvement of Oat1 in their [urine/plasma] WT [urine/plasma] WT tubular secretion (data taken from reference28). Nota-bly, the urine/plasma ratio for ␣-ketoglutarate, which serves as a counterion for OA uptake, was greater inOat1⫺/⫺ compared with WT mice but unaffected in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice. Data are means ⫾ SEM (n ⫽ 4 per genotype). (B) A global mass-spectrometric (metabolo- mic) analysis was performed to compare the plasma and urine metabolite composition of Oat3⫺/⫺ and WTmice. Data presented are the mean intensity values for the 100 compounds each in plasma and urine that were the most significantly different in intensity between Oat3⫺/⫺ and WT mice. The majority (81%) of the significantly varying compounds in plasma were in-creased in Oat3⫺/⫺ relative to WT, whereas the majority (64%) of those in urine were decreased in Oat3⫺/⫺ relative to WT, consistentin each case with diminished renal excretion of the corresponding compounds.
simultaneously. These global analyses revealed that the metab- thymidine handling by Oat1 both in vitro and in vivo. We de- olite composition of plasma and urine of Oat3⫺/⫺ mice is termined that thymidine was not appreciably transported by indeed significantly different from that of WT mice, with 2% of Oat1 in vitro (Supplemental Figure 1A) and that plasma levels the features in plasma and 14% of the features in urine signif- of thymidine were not elevated in the Oat1 knockout (Supple- icantly different in concentration between the genotypes (two- mental Figure 1B), indicating that thymidine does not undergo tailed t test, P ⬍ 0.01). Importantly, the observed differences significant Oat1-mediated uptake/secretion in vivo.
were markedly skewed in the direction expected for endoge-nous substrates (i.e., increased in concentration in plasma and Effect on BP of Administration of Endogenous Oat3 decreased in urine in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice [Figure 2B]).
The most significantly varying features were analyzed fur- Thymidine or FMN could be directly involved in BP regulation, ther; however, although the masses of the corresponding com- and/or as apparent Oat3 substrates, they could competitively in- pounds were determined to an accuracy of 8 ppm, only a few hibit the transport of other substrates, including that of the puta- could be matched to known metabolites (e.g., using the Metlin tive BP-regulating substrate. Accordingly, exogenous administra- metabolite database). Plasma and urine intensity values in WT tion of these compounds might reproduce the phenotype of and Oat3⫺/⫺ mice for two of the identified compounds, fla- decreased BP observed in the Oat3⫺/⫺ mice. FMN, thymidine, vin mononucleotide (FMN) and thymidine, are presented in or vehicle (30 ␮l of water) was given as an intravenous bolus in Figure 3A, along with data for an unknown compound of m/z anesthetized WT mice while BP was continuously monitored. We 323.03. We subsequently tested the identified compounds for observed that whereas FMN at dosages up to 100 mg/kg intrave- interaction with Oat3 in vitro and found that both FMN and nously and vehicle application were ineffective (data not shown), thymidine inhibited tracer uptake in Oat3-expressing oocytes thymidine induced a dosage-dependent reduction in BP (Figure in a concentration-dependent manner (Figure 3B), as would 3D) without lowering heart rate (data not shown). The BP re- be expected in the case of genuine Oat3 substrates. Because sponse peaked within approximately 30 s and lasted for 3 to 5 min.
further experiments (see next paragraph) pointed to a partic- The lower potency of thymidine versus FMN for the inhibition of ular role of thymidine, we directly assessed Oat3-mediated Oat3-mediated uptake (Figure 3B) suggested that lowering of BP transport of this compound. We found that labeled thymidine by this compound might not have been primarily due to Oat3 was taken up into Oat3-expressing oocytes to a much greater inhibition. In accordance with this inference, a very similar BP degree than into control oocytes (Figure 3C), indicating that response to thymidine was observed in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice (Figure Oat3 can mediate the transport of thymidine. We also assessed 3D). Thus, the Oat3 substrate thymidine might accumulate in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology J Am Soc Nephrol 19: 1732–1740, 2008 Identification of potential endogenous Oat3 substrates. (A) Box plots of intensity values fortwo of the identified compounds from the metabolo-mic analysis, FMN and thymidine, and of an unknowncompound of m/z of 323.03. **P ⬍ 0.01. (B) Traceruptake into Oat3-expressing oocytes was determinedin the presence of the indicated concentrations of theputative substrates, thymidine and FMN, and of thewell-characterized Oat3 substrate estrone-3-sulfateand in their absence (control). Data are means ⫾ SEMof measurements in four groups of four to five oocyteseach, and the IC50 values were calculated by curve-fitting the points using nonlinear regression. (C) Uptakeof labeled thymidine (0.097 ␮M) and ES (0.017 ␮M)was determined in oocytes microinjected with Oat3and in control (noninjected) oocytes. Data are means ⫾SEM of measurements in five groups of four to eightoocytes each. Oat3-expressing oocytes manifestedsignificantly greater uptake of both ES and thymidinethan did control oocytes. #P ⬍ 0.001. (D) Intravenousapplication of thymidine induced a dosage-dependentreduction in BP in anesthetized WT and Oat3⫺/⫺mice. Data are means ⫾ SEM in four mice. *P ⬍ 0.05,**P ⬍ 0.01, #P ⬍ 0.001 versus vehicle.
plasma of mice lacking Oat3 and contribute to the lower BP in mately 2 to 5 mM in the case of the fluorescent compounds), followed by recording of any changes in BP. We found thatadministration of the two highest potency compounds (of the Identification of Oat3 Inhibitors five tested), eosin-Y and probenecid (Figure 4B), but not of the Although thymidine and FMN might be insufficiently potent to three lower potency compounds (data not shown) consistently inhibit Oat3 in vivo (see Figure 3B), more potent compounds caused an acute decrease in BP. These results are consistent might do so. Accordingly, we sought to identify other Oat3 inhib- with our hypothesis that inhibition of Oat3 by sufficiently po- itors, testing the capacity for Oat3 inhibition of approximately 30 tent inhibitors can lower BP. Nevertheless, it should be noted small OA of diverse chemical structures. Tested compounds en- that given the relatively high dosages used and that each of the compassed fluorescein derivatives, steroid conjugates, nucleoside tested compounds interacts with Oat1 with comparable analog antivirals, and short-chain aliphatic dicarboxylates, among potency,33a nonspecific effects cannot be excluded.
other small OA; data on the fluorescein derivatives and antiviralshas previously been reported.32 Inhibition by each compound was Plasma Concentrations of Corticosterone, determined as in the experiments presented in Figure 3B. The Adrenocorticotropic Hormone, Aldosterone, and tested compounds varied widely in inhibitory potency, ranging Renin in Oat3 Knockout Mice from submicromolar to millimolar (Figure 4A). In general, the Given the high potency interaction of Oat3 with steroid con- steroid conjugates were among the more potent of the com- jugates demonstrated here (Figure 4A) as well as elsewhere pounds tested and the antivirals among those less potent (reviewed in reference6), we determined the concentrations ofthe BP-regulating adrenal steroids and of functionally related Reduced BP after Administration of the Most Potent hormones in Oat3 knockout compared with WT plasma. We found lower BP in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice to be associated with greater We tested the effects on BP of a subset of the previously men- plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) but unchanged tioned compounds: The well-characterized OAT inhibitor corticosterone concentrations (Figure 5A). ACTH stimulation probenecid6,7,24,28,33 and the fluorescent OA eosin-Y, fluores- increased plasma corticosterone by a factor of approximately cein, 5-carboxyfluorescein (5CF), and 6-carboxyfluorescein 2.4 in both WT and Oat3⫺/⫺ mice (Figure 5A), indicating (the latter compounds were chosen because they allowed for intact acute ACTH-responsiveness in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice. These fluorometric determination of inhibitor plasma levels). Ap- results argue against an essential role for Oat3 in corticosterone proximately 50 to 100 mg/kg of each of these compounds was release from the adrenal gland and against a primary role for intravenously infused into mice under anesthesia as described defects in corticosterone handling in causing the lower BP in already (resulting in initial plasma concentrations of approxi- J Am Soc Nephrol 19: 1732–1740, 2008 Oat3 and BP Control

formed experiments with furosemide. Furosemide (40 mg/kgintraperitoneally) stimulates renal renin secretion by inhibit-ing the sensing of the luminal NaCl concentration at the mac-ula densa,34 thereby increasing macula densa release of prosta-glandin E2 (PGE2) across the basolateral membrane,35 amechanism that may involve Oat3.16 On the basis of our pre-vious studies,26 the applied dosage of furosemide is expected toinduce similar maximal inhibition of NaCl reabsorption inthick ascending limb and macula densa in both genotypes;however, furosemide in fact increased renin levels to a greaterdegree in Oat3⫺/⫺ than in WT mice (Figure 5A), indicatingenhanced rather than reduced PGE2 signaling in the knockout;as further outlined in the Discussion, this may reflect impairedPGE2 reuptake in the knockouts.
In addition to increased renin, Oat3⫺/⫺ mice manifested modestly greater plasma aldosterone (Figure 5A), which is ex-pected to help stabilize BP by enhancing renal NaCl reabsorp-tion. To test the efficiency of that system in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice, weassessed the response to a low NaCl diet given for 7 d. Underbasal conditions, no significant differences were observed be-tween WT and Oat3⫺/⫺ mice in body weight and food or fluidintake (data not shown). A low NaCl diet, however, induced asignificantly greater loss of body weight in Oat3⫺/⫺ comparedwith WT mice (Figure 5B), which could not be explained bylower food intake. This diet increased plasma renin to similarlevels in both genotypes, but aldosterone upregulation was im-paired in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice (Figure 5A). It is possible that thisimpaired upregulation led to salt and fluid loss, lowering bodyweight and inducing thirst and increased fluid intake, as shownin Figure 5B.
Interaction of Aldosterone and Its Potential Precursorswith Oat3 in Xenopus Oocytes Given that Oat3 is expressed in adrenal tissue and is able to Reduced BP after administration of Oat3 inhibitors. (A) The inhibitory potency for Oat3 of each of approximately 30 OA mediate transport of cortisol,36 aldosterone dysregulation in was determined as in the experiments presented in Figure 3B.
Oat3 knockouts might be due to loss of interaction of aldoste- Among these, data on the fluorescein derivatives and antivirals rone or related compounds with Oat3. We found aldosterone has previously been reported.32 Data are means ⫾ SEM of deter- and three of its potential precursors, progesterone, corticoste- minations of pIC50 (the negative log of IC50; thus, higher values rone, and desoxycorticosterone,37,38 to each dosage-depen- indicate greater inhibitory potency). The chemical structures of dently inhibit Oat3-mediated tracer uptake in vitro, with me- the tested compounds are depicted above their corresponding dian inhibition concentration (IC50) values of 12, 29, 10, and 9 pIC50 values. (B) Selected compounds from Figure 4A (f) were ␮M, respectively (Figure 6). Although these affinities are com- intravenously infused into WT mice under anesthesia. These com- parable to that of the prototypical Oat3 substrate estrone-3- prised the well-characterized OAT inhibitor probenecid and the sulfate (Figure 3B), they are much greater than physiologic free fluorescent OA eosin-Y, fluorescein, 5CF, and 6- carboxyfluores- plasma concentrations of these compounds (this study)39,40 cein, each administered at a dosage of 50 to 100 mg/kg. Aconsistent decrease in BP was noted after the infusion of the two (although local concentrations around the adrenal glomeru- higher potency compounds, eosin-Y and probenecid, but not losa cells might be considerably higher). Thus, the physiologic after infusion of the three lower potency compounds (data not significance of these interactions is uncertain.
shown). Data are means ⫾ SEM of measurements in three to fourindependent experiments each. *P ⬍ 0.05 versus vehicle.
Oat3⫺/⫺ mice had modestly greater plasma renin concen- Recent studies localized Oat3 to the basolateral membrane of trations (Figure 5A) and greater renal expression of renin ver- macula densa cells, and it was proposed that Oat3 at that site sus WT mice (data not shown). To test for a potential role of might contribute to the local release or reuptake of PGE2.16,41 Oat3 in macula densa stimulation of renin secretion,16 we per- Basolateral release of PGE2 mediates the stimulation of renin Journal of the American Society of Nephrology J Am Soc Nephrol 19: 1732–1740, 2008 Figure 5. Plasma vasoactive hormones and the response to low-salt diet in Oat3 knockout mice.
(A) Lower BP in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice was associated with increased plasma concentrations of ACTH, renin, plasma corticosterone (ng/ml) plasma renin (ng plasma aldosterone (pg/ml) and aldosterone, whereas plasma corticosterone concentrations were not different. The ACTH-in-duced increase in plasma corticosterone was un- affected in the knockouts, whereas the furosemide (FURO)-induced renin response was enhanced, and the low-NaCl diet–induced aldosterone in- crease was blunted (n ⫽ 6 to 9 per genotype). (B) The blunted aldosterone response to a low-NaCl diet in Oat3⫺/⫺ compared with WT mice was associated with greater body weight loss and in- creased fluid intake but similar food intake (n ⫽ 6 per genotype). Data are means ⫾ SEM. *P ⬍ 0.05, cumulative food intake (g/g bw) 0.0 cumulative fluid intake (ml/g bw 0.0 **P ⬍ 0.01 versus WT.
release (in turn leading to aldosterone activation) that occurs compounds identified via metabolomic analyses and subse- in response to low salt concentrations at the macula densa or to quent transport assays as potential endogenous Oat3 sub- inhibition of macula densa transport by furosemide.35 We find strates: Thymidine and FMN. Whereas FMN displayed no ef- that the renin response to furosemide is enhanced in Oat3⫺/⫺ fect, thymidine exhibited a consistent dosage-dependent mice, suggesting that Oat3 might contribute to the reuptake of lowering of BP. Normal serum concentrations of thymidine PGE2 (loss of such reuptake might also have contributed to are approximately 1 ␮M, and there is a thymidine pool that is greater basal renin levels in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice, helping ameliorate in rapid equilibrium with blood thymidine and that is at least hypotension). Of note, the aldosterone response to salt depri- 10 times larger than the pool of extracellular thymidine.42 It is vation was blunted in Oat3⫺/⫺ mice; however, aldosterone difficult to know what the local concentrations of the exog- dysregulation cannot explain the observed hypotension under enously administered thymidine were; however, assuming it basal conditions because basal plasma aldosterone concentra- was rapidly distributed into the aforementioned pools, a con- tions were increased in mice lacking Oat3.
centration of 20 ␮M would be achieved at 10 mg/kg injection, The aforementioned results raise the possibility that Oat3 where the BP effect was first noted. Within a roughly 10-fold mediates the transport of other endogenous regulators of BP.
higher concentration, an effect comparable to that observed in To test this possibility, we examined the effects of two of the the Oat3 knockout was observed.
IC50, µM
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Figure 6. Interaction of aldosterone and its potential precursors, progesterone, corticosterone, and desoxycorticosterone, with Oat3.
Uptake of 5-CF in mOat3-expressing Xenopus oocytes was determined in the presence of the indicated concentrations of the steroidhormones to calculate the respective IC50 values. Each compound caused a dosage-dependent decrease in uptake, consistent withcompetitive inhibition of uptake of the fluorescent tracer. Data are presented as percentage of control uptake and are the means ⫾ SEMof measurements in four groups of four to five oocytes each. IC50 values were determined by curve-fitting the points using nonlinearregression.
J Am Soc Nephrol 19: 1732–1740, 2008 Oat3 and BP Control Although a number of endogenous OA compounds trans- 0.97% K⫹) for quantitative collection of urine, immediately followed ported by Oat3 may be involved in regulating BP, at the very least, by collection of plasma via puncture of the retrobulbar plexus as de- these results suggest that some of them can, perhaps in concert, act scribed previously.43 to regulate BP under physiologic conditions. This also suggeststhat inhibitors of Oat3, regardless of whether they are actual sub- strates for the transporter, might lower BP. This could lead to a GC/MS was performed as described previously.28 Briefly, plasma and novel approach to the design of antihypertensive agents. We urine samples (100 ␮l or volumes equivalent to 0.25 to 1.00 ␮mol of therefore tested a set of Oat3 inhibitors (selected from a larger creatinine, respectively) were reacted with pentafluoro-benzylhy- screen) for effects on BP, finding that administration of two of the droxylamine to form oximes of ketones, oxo-acids, and aldehydes.
five tested compounds resulted in lowering of BP.
The reaction products were lyophilized and extracted in 42% t-amyl Together, the data suggest that (1) Oat3 regulates BP, (2) Oat3 alcohol:chloroform over a column of silicic acid. The dried eluate was affects the regulation of plasma aldosterone (although this cannot reacted with BSTFA/TRISIL to form trimethylsilyl derivatives. The explain the hypotensive phenotype of Oat3-null mice), (3) at least latter were injected (0.5 to 1.0 ␮l) on a bonded phase (DB5) capillary some endogenous compounds that accumulate in the absence of column (30 m ⫻ 0.25 mm) in an Agilent 6890/5973 GC/MS. Electron Oat3 are substrates with the potential to regulate BP, and (4) ad- impact mass spectra were obtained in scan mode (50 to 650 amu at 2.4 ministration of sufficiently potent inhibitors might result in low- cycles/s). The species were quantified using calibrated response curves ering of BP. Although much more work needs to be done, the data of selected ions and 4-nitrophenol and 2-oxocaproic acid as internal suggest novel concepts regarding the physiologic role of Oat3 sub- strates and raise the possibilities that Oat3 inhibitors might be ofuse in the treatment of hypertension and that polymorphisms in Global Metabolomics human OAT3 might contribute to variability in the propensity for Urine and plasma samples were extracted in methanol and lyophi- lized, and the equivalents of 0.4 to 1.4 ␮l of extracted urine (afternormalization to the previously measured concentrations of creati-nine) or 1 ␮l of extracted plasma were applied to a capillary reverse- phase column with dimensions 150 ⫻ 0.3 mm (diameter; ZorbaxSB-300, Agilent) at a flow rate of 4 ␮l/min. Buffer A was H O ⫹ 0.1% formic acid, and Buffer B was acetonitrile with 0.1% formic acid.
Oat3⫺/⫺ mice24 were back-crossed to C57BL/6J mice for eight gen- Plasma samples were eluted with a gradient from 5 to 95% B over 45 erations. Heterozygous mice from the last back-cross were bred to min; for urine samples, the gradient was 5% B from 0 to 10 min then each other to generate gene knockout and WT mice. All of the animals 5 to 95% from 10 to 55 min, then held at 95% to 60 min. The column used in the experiments described descended from those mice. Mice was interfaced to an electrospray ionization time-of-flight mass spec- were genotyped by PCR as described previously.24 Experimental pro- trometer (Agilent). Data were collected from approximately 100 to tocols were in accordance with the Guide for Care and Use of Labo- 1000 m/z in continuum mode and converted from the instrument ratory Animals (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD) and format (.wiff) to the common format (.cdf). Data were analyzed using were approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
the analysis and nonlinear alignment program XCMS,47 in which theintegrated intensities of all observed ions were compared between the Oat3⫺/⫺ and WT groups. These procedures resulted in the detection [3H]-estrone sulfate (ES) and [3H]-thymidine were purchased from of approximately 4000 features in urine and approximately 5000 in Perkin-Elmer Life Sciences (Boston, MA), and 5CF, a fluorescent OA plasma, which would include any metabolites with m/z values be- transported by mOat332 and other OA test compounds (all ⬎98% tween 100 and 1000 that ionize under positive electrospray conditions pure and in the L-enantiomer) were purchased from Sigma-Aldrich and were within the detection limit of the instrument. The data were (St. Louis, MO).
then analyzed using the recently developed software package XCMS,which performs a nonlinear alignment of the chromatograms and BP MeasurementsMice were anesthetized for terminal experiments with 100 mg/kg in- integration of the intensities for each ion.
actin intraperitoneally and 100 mg/kg ketamine intramuscularly, thejugular vein was cannulated for infusion of maintenance fluids and Xenopus Oocyte Transport Experiments test compounds, and the femoral artery was cannulated for BP and Xenopus oocyte assays were performed as described previously.28 heart rate measurement as described previously.43,44 In separate ex- Briefly, capped cRNA was generated via in vitro transcription from periments, BP and heart rate in unanesthetized mice were determined linearized plasmid DNA, mOat3 (Image clone ID 4239544), or mOat1 by the tail-cuff method in trained awake mice as described previ- (Image clone ID 4163278), using mMessage mMachine in vitro tran- scription kit (Ambion, Austin, TX). Stage V and VI Xenopus oocyteswere isolated, maintained in Barth's growth medium, injected with Urine and Plasma Samples approximately 20 nl/oocyte cRNA solution (1 ␮g/␮l), and allowed to Mice were placed in metabolic cages (Tecniplast, Hohenpeissenberg, mature for 3 d after injection. Oat3-expressing and control nonin- Germany) with free access to tap water and standard diet (0.44% Na⫹, jected oocytes were then incubated in Barth's buffer for 1 h at 25°C Journal of the American Society of Nephrology J Am Soc Nephrol 19: 1732–1740, 2008 with Oat3 tracer substrate (50 ␮M 5CF, 0.017 ␮M 3H-ES, or 0.097 ␮M 3H-thymidine) in the presence of various concentrations of testcompounds or in their absence. Transport was terminated by washes 1. Robertson EE, Rankin GO: Human renal organic anion transporters: in ice-cold Barth's buffer, and the tracer content of groups of four to Characteristics and contributions to drug and drug metabolite excre-tion. Pharmacol Ther 109: 399 – 412, 2006 five oocytes was determined by fluorometry or scintillation counting 2. Eraly SA, Blantz RC, Bhatnagar V, Nigam SK: Novel aspects of renal in the case of experiments using 5CF and the radiolabeled tracers, organic anion transporters. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens 12: 551– respectively. The background uptake of tracer was determined in noninjected oocytes and subtracted from that in Oat3-injected oo- 3. Eraly SA, Bush KT, Sampogna RV, Bhatnagar V, Nigam SK: The mo- cytes to calculate the Oat3-mediated component of uptake. The IC50 lecular pharmacology of organic anion transporters: From DNA toFDA? Mol Pharmacol 65: 479 – 487, 2004 were determined by nonlinear regression using Prism software 5.0 4. Koepsell H, Endou H: The SLC22 drug transporter family. Pflugers (GraphPad, San Diego, CA).
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Neither lavender oil nor tea tree oil can be linked to breast growth in young boys

Neither lavender oil nor tea tree oil can be linked to breast growth in young boys Robert Tisserand Introduction In 2007, a correlation was alleged between commercial products containing lavender and tea tree oils and breast growth in young boys. Three cases were seen in boys aged 4-7, who had all been using such products. In each case, the breast growth reduced to normal parameters within several months of ceasing to use the products. Subsequent laboratory testing showed that both essential oils had estrogen-like properties (Henley et al 2007). In the report, no information was given about any of the product ingredients, and there is scant information on product use. No analysis was carried out to confirm or rule out the presence of essential oil constituents. Case one In the first case, "The patient's mother reported applying a "healing balm" containing lavender oil to his skin starting shortly before the initial presentation." No further details of the product or its use are given, but a healing balm sounds like something that might only be applied to a small area of skin. If so, then it is unlikely that any ingredient could have entered the boy's blood in sufficient concentration to cause gynecomastia within a short time period. Case two In the second case, a styling hair gel was applied to the hair and scalp every morning, along with regular use of a shampoo. Both tea tree oil and lavender oil are cited on the ingredient list of both products. In a subsequent website report, it is claimed that the two hair products used in this case were manufactured by Paul Mitchell®, and that these were analyzed by a competitor. The shampoo was said to contain "very low concentrations" of tea tree oil, and the content in the hair gel was "virtually undetectable". Lavender oil concentration was not checked (Neustaedter 2007). Dermal absorption of fragrance from shampoo application has been estimated to be 80 times less than that from body lotion (Cadby et al 2002) and tea tree oil constituents are poorly absorbed by human skin. In one study, only 3% of the essential oil volume, applied as a 20% concentration in ethanol, was absorbed in a 24 hour period (Cross and Roberts 2006). If the website report is reliable, considering that shampoo is a wash-off product, and that there was only a negligible amount of tea tree oil in the hair gel, tea tree oil can be ruled out as a possible cause of this boy's gynecomastia. However, liberal use of a hair gel rich in lavender oil could result in moderate dermal absorption of lavender oil constituents (Cal 2006).

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