PMID: 7932199Sep 1, 1994Paper

Toxicity of cephaloridine to carnitine transport and fatty acid metabolism in rabbit renal cortical mitochondria: structure-activity relationships

The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
B M Tune, C Y Hsu


Cephaloridine (Cld), the most widely studied nephrotoxic cephalosporin, has significant structural homology with carnitine, which facilitates the transport of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondrial inner matrix. Because of this homology, and evidence of a role of lipids in cephaloglycin (Cgl) nephrotoxicity, protocols were designed to compare the effects of Cld and Cgl on renal cortical mitochondrial carnitine transport, on long-chain fatty acylcarnitine-mediated respiration and on the in situ mitochondrial pools and urinary excretion of carnitine and acylcarnitines. The following was found: 1) both cephalosporins reduced carnitine-facilitated pyruvate oxidation (CFPO) and palmitoylcarnitine-mediated respiration (PCMR) by 40 to 50% in mitochondria exposed in vivo (300 mg/kg b.wt., 1 hr). CFPO could be decreased by reduction of carnitine uptake, pyruvate oxidation or carnitine acetyltransferase activity; 2) neither cephalosporin reduced mitochondrial carnitine acetyltransferase or carnitine palmitoyltransferase; 3) with in vitro exposure (2000 micrograms/ml, immediate effect) Cgl had no significant toxicity to mitochondrial CFPO. Cld inhibited CFPO in a dose-dependent manner, up to 100% at 2000 micrograms/ml; this effect ...Continue Reading

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