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Differentiation- and polarization-dependent zinc tolerance in Caco-2 cells.
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PMID:  21103883     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: Enterocytes are feasibly confronted with enormous zinc concentrations especially as a result of oral zinc supplementation. In the present study, we investigated the mechanisms underlying the exceptional ability to withstand this usually toxic load using the enterocytic cell line Caco-2. METHODS: By MTT test analysis, we compared zinc tolerance in undifferentiated Caco-2 cells (udCaco-2) and differentiated Caco-2 cells (dCaco-2). By RT-PCR, we compared the respective baseline expression levels of certain zinc transporters and metallothioneins (MTs) as well as the regulation of these components in response to high zinc concentrations. Moreover, using dCaco-2 cells cultured on porous membranes, we explored zinc tolerance in dependence of the side of zinc administration: apical versus basolateral. RESULTS: dCaco-2 cells tolerate significantly higher levels of zinc compared to udCaco-2 cells. This adaptation was accompanied by upregulated ZnT-1 and downregulated ZIP1 levels. The expression of metallothioneins MT1A and MT1X was also significantly downregulated during differentiation. Moreover, apparent from profound differences in zinc tolerance between apical and basolateral zinc application, polarization was concluded to have substantial impact on cellular zinc tolerance. CONCLUSIONS: The profound increase in zinc tolerance we found in differentiated enterocyte-type Caco-2 cells and in particular, the impact of polarization are likely to reflect the physiologically indispensable capability of enterocytes to cope with remarkable concentrations of intestinal zinc.
Nina Zemann; Adolf Zemann; Petra Klein; Ibrahim Elmadfa; Manfred Huettinger
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-11-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of nutrition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1436-6215     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Nutr     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
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Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100888704     Medline TA:  Eur J Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Center for Pathobiochemistry and Genetic, Institute Medical Chemistry, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringerstrasse 10/P/12-16, 1090, Vienna, Austria.
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