BPB Reports

2020 - Vol. 3

2020 - Vol. 3

Regular Article
Construction of a PPARα Reporter Assay System with Drug-Metabolizing Capability Vol.3, No.1, p.7-10
Takuomi Hosaka , Ayano Wakatsuki , Takamitsu Sasaki , Ryota Shizu , Kouichi Yoshinari
Received: November 14, 2019
Accepted: December 29, 2019
Released: January 17, 2020
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Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) belongs to the nuclear receptor superfamily and exerts hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory functions when activated by ligand-binding. To screen its ligands, cell-based reporter assays have been widely used, but it is difficult to investigate the effects of the metabolites of test compounds on PPARα due to very low drug-metabolizing capability of cell lines generally used in those assays. The aim of this study was to construct a convenient PPARα reporter assay system with drug-metabolizing capability by using 9,000 x g supernatant (S9) of rat liver homogenate, which abundantly includes various drug-metabolizing enzymes. We used clofibrate as a model compound since it requires hydrolysis to clofibric acid to activate PPARα. In cell-based reporter assays using a PPARα-responsive luciferase reporter plasmid and a rat PPARα expression plasmid, reporter activity was increased by treatment with bezafibrate and clofibric acid, which directly activate PPARα as ligands, but not with clofibrate. The addition of S9 to culture media increased reporter activity of the cells treated with clofibrate, as expected. When heat-denatured S9 was used or a carboxylesterase inhibitor was included in the system, clofibrate-induced PPARα activation was not observed, suggesting that carboxylesterases are responsible for the hydrolysis of clofibrate to clofibric acid. Taken together, we have established a convenient PPARα reporter assay system with drug-metabolizing capability to assess PPARα-activating potency of both test compounds and their metabolites.

Regular Article
Factorial Analysis of Clostridioides Difficile Colitis and Pseudomembranous Colitis Using JADER Vol.3, No.1, p.1-6
Risako Takaya , Kana Misawa , Sho Tashiro , Yuki Enoki , Kazuaki Taguchi , Kazuaki Matsumoto
Received: October 25, 2019
Accepted: January 07, 2020
Released: January 15, 2020
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Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) colitis and pseudomembranous colitis are known as healthcare-associated intestinal infections. In this study, the incidence of C. difficile colitis and pseudomembranous colitis was investigated using the Japanese Adverse Drug Event Report (JADER). Using JADER data between April 2004 and September 2017, the patient who developed C. difficile colitis and pseudomembranous colitis were investigated. During the study period, 375 cases of C. difficile colitis and 903 cases of pseudomembranous colitis were reported. The numbers of reported cases of both C. difficile colitis and pseudomembranous colitis were largest in those in their 70s, accounting for 24.7% and 25.6%, respectively. Patients in their 60s-90s comprised the majority of all patients with both C. difficile colitis and pseudomembranous colitis. Both C. difficile colitis and pseudomembranous colitis were caused by antibiotics in many patients, and signals of all antibiotics were detected. In C. difficile colitis, signals of immunosuppressants, corticosteroids, and alkylating drugs were also detected among drugs other than antibiotics. For pseudomembranous colitis, the use of molecularly targeted drugs, antimetabolic drugs, and corticosteroids was reported other than antibiotics. Using JADER, we revealed risk factors for the development of C. difficile colitis and pseudomembranous colitis, and firstly revealed that molecularly targeted drugs other than antibiotics could also be potential risk factors. Our findings may be useful for the early detection of drug-induced C. difficile colitis and pseudomembranous colitis.