Insights into the mechanisms of ifosfamide encephalopathy: Drug metabolites have agonistic effects on α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)/kainate receptors and induce cellular acidification in mouse cortical neurons

Jean Yves Chatton*, Jeffrey R. Idle, Cathrine Broberg Vågbø, Pierre Magistretti

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Abstract

Therapeutic value of the alkylating agent ifosfamide has been limited by major side effects including encephalopathy. Although the underlying biochemical processes of the neurotoxic side effects are still unclear, they could be attributed to metabolites rather than to ifosfamide itself. In the present study, the effects of selected ifosfamide metabolites on indices of neuronal activity have been investigated, in particular for S-carboxymethylcysteine (SCMC) and thiodiglycolic acid (TDGA). Because of structural similarities of SCMC with glutamate, the Ca2+i response of single mouse cortical neurons to SCMC and TDGA was investigated. SCMC, but not TDGA, evoked a robust increase in Ca2+i concentration that could be abolished by the α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)/kainate receptor antagonist 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione (CNQX), but only partly diminished by the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist 10,11-dihydro-5-methyl-5H-dibenzo[a,d]cyclohepten-5,10-imine (MK=801). Cyclothiazide (CYZ), used to prevent AMPA/kainate receptor desensitization, potentiated the response to SCMC. Because activation of AMPA/kainate receptors is known to induce proton influx, the intracellular pH (pHi) response to SCMC was investigated. SCMC caused a concentration-dependent acidification that was amplified by CYZ. Since H+/monocarboxylate transporter (MCT) activity leads to similar cellular acidification, we tested its potential involvement in the pHi response. Application of the lactate transport inhibitor quercetin diminished the pHi response to SCMC and TDGA by 43 and 51%, respectively, indicating that these compounds may be substrates of MCTs. Taken together, this study indicates that hitherto apparently inert ifosfamide metabolites, in particular SCMC, activate AMPA/kainate receptors and induce cellular acidification. Both processes could provide the biochemical basis of the observed ifosfamide-associated encephalopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1161-1168
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Volume299
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 12 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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