The multidrug transporter MATE1 sequesters OCs within an intracellular compartment that has no influence on OC secretion in renal proximal tubules

L. J. Martínez-Guerrero, K. K. Evans, William H Dantzler, Stephen Wright

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Secretion of organic cations (OCs) across renal proximal tubules (RPTs) involves basolateral OC transporter (OCT)2-mediated uptake from the blood followed by apical multidrug and toxin extruder (MATE)1/2- mediated efflux into the tubule filtrate. Whereas OCT2 supports electrogenic OC uniport, MATE is an OC/H+ exchanger. As assessed by epifluorescence microscopy, cultured Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells that stably expressed human MATE1 accumulated the fluorescent OC N,N,N-trimethyl-2-[methyl(7- nitrobenzo[c][l,2,5]oxadiazol-4-yl)amino]ethanaminium (NBDMTMA) in the cytoplasm and in a smaller, punctate compartment; accumulation in human OCT2-expressing cells was largely restricted to the cytoplasm. A second intracellular compartment was also evident in the multicompartmental kinetics of efflux of the prototypic OC [3H]1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP) from MATE1-expressing CHO cells. Punctate accumulation of NBD-MTMA was markedly reduced by coexposure of MATE1-expressing cells with 5 μM bafilomycin (BAF), an inhibitor of V-type H+-ATPase, and accumulation of [3H]MPP and [3H]NBD-MTMA was reduced by >0% by coexposure with 5 μM BAF. BAF had no effect on the initial rate of MATE1-mediated uptake of NBD-MTMA, suggesting that the influence of BAF was a secondary effect involving inhibition of V-type H+-ATPase. The accumulation of [3H]MPP by isolated single nonperfused rabbit RPTs was also reduced > 30% by coexposure to 5 μM BAF, suggesting that the native expression in RPTs of MATE protein within endosomes can increase steady-state OC accumulation. However, the rate of [3H]MPP secretion by isolated single perfused rabbit RPTs was not affected by 5 μM BAF, suggesting that vesicles loaded with OCs+ are not likely to recycle into the apical plasma membrane at a rate sufficient to provide a parallel pathway for OC secretion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F57-F67
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015



  • Multidrug and toxin extruder 1
  • Organic cation secretion
  • Proximal tubule
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Urology

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