Gentamicin uptake by renal tubule brush border membrane vesicles

J. J. Lipsky, L. Cheng, B. Sacktor, P. S. Lietman

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The uptake of [3H]gentamicin by isolated rabbit renal proximal tubule brush border membrane vesicles was studied. Uptake was biphasic, with an initial rapid uptake followed by a prolonged slower phase. Approximately half of the total uptake respresented binding; the other half represented transport into an intravesicular space. Scatchard analysis indicated the presence of two binding sites, differing in affinity (8 x 103 and 0.9 x 103 M-1) and number of sites per milligrams of protein (1.2 and 3.7 nmol/mg of membrane protein, respectively.) [3H] Gentamicin uptake was not affected by a Na+ electrochemical gradient, a valinomycin-generated (inside negative) K+ diffusion potential or the presence of phlorizin and D-or L-glucose. These findings indicate that the mechanism of uptake of the aminoglycoside was distinct from those of sugar and amino acids. Uptake of [3H]gentamicin was inhibited and reversed by the unlabeled aminoglycoside and by spermine. Spermine, on a molar basis, was as effective as gentamicin. These results suggest that gentamicin and spermine may have a common polyamine transport system and demonstrate the feasilibity of further investigations to prevent aminoglycoside accumulation and possibly subsequent nephrotoxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-393
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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