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The placenta serves, in part, as a barrier to exclude noxious substances from the fetus. In humans, a single-layered syncytium of polarized trophoblast cells and the fetal capillary endothelium separate the maternal and fetal circulations. P-glycoprotein is present in the syncytiotrophoblast throughout gestation, consistent with a protective role that(More)
Recent functional studies have suggested that, in addition to simple diffusion, carrier-mediated transport may play an important role in foetal unconjugated bilirubin (UCB) uptake by the placenta. We have investigated the role of organic anion-transporting polypeptides (OATPs) in UCB transport by the placenta-maternal liver tandem. RNA was obtained from(More)
Using cytokeratin-7-positive trophoblast cells (hTr) isolated from human term placentas and the choriocarcinoma cell lines (hCC) BeWo, Jeg-3 and JAr, the expression of genes involved in the hepatobiliary excretion of cholephilic compounds was investigated by RT-PCR/sequencing followed by measurement of the absolute abundance of mRNA by real-time RT-PCR.(More)
UNLABELLED Reduced drug uptake is an important mechanism of chemoresistance. Down-regulation of SLC22A1 encoding the organic cation transporter-1 (OCT1) may affect the response of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cholangiocarcinoma (CGC) to sorafenib, a cationic drug. Here we investigated whether SLC22A1 variants may contribute to sorafenib(More)
In cholestasis, the accumulation of organic anions in hepatocytes is reduced by transporters (multidrug resistance-associated proteins and OSTalpha-OSTbeta) able to extrude them across the basolateral membrane. Here we investigated whether organic anion-transporting polypeptides (OATPs) may contribute to this function. Xenopus laevis oocytes expressing(More)
ABCG2 is involved in epithelial transport/barrier functions. Here, we have investigated its ability to transport bile acids in liver and placenta. Cholylglycylamido fluorescein (CGamF) was exported by WIF-B9/R cells, which do not express the bile salt export pump (BSEP). Sensitivity to typical inhibitors suggested that CGamF export was mainly mediated by(More)
We investigated the effects of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA; 60 microg/day/100 g b.wt.) on the impairment induced by maternal obstructive cholestasis during pregnancy (OCP) in the rat placenta-maternal liver tandem excretory pathway. A blunted catheter was implanted in the common bile duct on day 14 of pregnancy, and the tip was cut on day 21.(More)
The antiviral effect against hepatitis B virus (HBV) of artemisinin, its derivative artesunate and other compounds highly purified from traditional Chinese medicine remedies, were investigated. HBV production by permanently transfected HepG2 2.2.15 cells was determined by measuring the release of surface protein (HBsAg) and HBV-DNA after drug exposure(More)
Cholestasis of pregnancy induces alterations in bile acid transport by human trophoblast plasma membrane (TPM) vesicles. We investigated whether maternal cholestasis affects the overall ability of the rat placenta to carry out vectorial bile acid transfer from the fetus to the mother. Complete obstructive cholestasis (OCP) was maintained during the last(More)
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a heterogeneous group of malignancies with features of biliary tract differentiation. CCA is the second most common primary liver tumour and the incidence is increasing worldwide. CCA has high mortality owing to its aggressiveness, late diagnosis and refractory nature. In May 2015, the "European Network for the Study of(More)