Troglitazone-induced intracellular oxidative stress in rat hepatoma cells: a flow cytometric assessment.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Troglitazone (TRO), a thiazolidinedione (TZD) peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma agonist, was recently withdrawn from the market because of rare but serious hepatotoxicity. Previous studies investigating the cytotoxicity of TRO in cultured rat hepatocytes have conjectured about the role of oxidative stress in TRO-induced hepatotoxicity. Therefore, we investigated whether TRO induces oxidative stress and, if so, the portion of the TRO molecule responsible for the induction of oxidative stress. METHODS: Novikoff rat hepatoma (N1S1) cells were incubated with TRO, troglitazone quinone (TQ), thiazolidinedione-phenoxyacetic acid (TD-PAA) or rosiglitazone (RSG). Membrane peroxidation, intracellular glutathione (GSH) content, and cellular viability were monitored simultaneously by multiparameter flow cytometry. RESULTS: TRO and TQ increased membrane peroxidation, decreased intracellular GSH, and decreased cell viability in a concentration-dependent manner. In contrast, TD-PAA and RSG neither increased membrane peroxidation nor induced loss of cell viability. In addition, TRO caused a concentration-dependent increase in intracellular superoxide generation accompanied by a collapse in mitochondrial membrane potential. CONCLUSION: Multiparameter flow cytometric evaluation of N1S1 cells indicated that the chromane ring of TRO, rather than the TZD moiety, may be responsible for oxidative stress and suggested that a direct effect on mitochondrial physiology may play a role in TRO-mediated hepatotoxicity.

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Cited Authors

  • Narayanan, PK; Hart, T; Elcock, F; Zhang, C; Hahn, L; McFarland, D; Schwartz, L; Morgan, DG; Bugelski, P

Published Date

  • March 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 28 - 35

PubMed ID

  • 12596249

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12596249

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4930

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1552-4922

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/cyto.a.10011


  • eng