Effects of troglitazone on HepG2 viability and mitochondrial function.


Tirmenstein, Mark A; Hu, Catherine X; Gales, Tracy L; Maleeff, Beverly E; Narayanan, Padma K; Kurali, Edit; Hart, Timothy K; Thomas, Heath C; Schwartz, Lester W

Publication Year 2002
Journal Toxicological Sciences
Pages 131-138
Volume 69
Issue 1
PMID 12215667.0
DOI 10.1093/toxsci/69.1.131
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/toxsci/69.1.131

Troglitazone (TRO), a member of the thiazolidinedione class of drugs, has been associated with hepatotoxicity in patients. The following in vitro study was conducted to investigate the effects of TRO on mitochondrial function and viability in a human hepatoma cell line, HepG2. TRO induced a concentration- and time-dependent increase in cell death, as measured by lactate dehydrogenase release. Exposure to 50 or 100 micro M TRO produced total loss of cell viability within 5 h. Preincubation of HepG2 cells with P450 inhibitors did not significantly protect against TRO-induced cell death suggesting that P450 metabolism was not required to induce cell death. Preincubation with the mitochondrial permeability transition inhibitor, cyclosporin A, provided complete protection against TRO-induced cell death. Our results also indicated that TRO produced concentration-dependent decreases in cellular ATP levels and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP). Ultrastructural analysis demonstrated that TRO induced mitochondrial changes at concentrations of > or =10 micro M after 2 h. Decreased MMP and altered mitochondrial morphology occurred at time points that preceded cell death and at sublethal concentrations of TRO. These observations in HepG2 cells suggest that TRO disrupts mitochondrial function, leading to mitochondrial permeability transition and cell death.