ATP-Binding Cassette Transporter C4 is a Prostaglandin D2 Exporter in HMC-1 cells

Nobuaki Tanaka, Junya Kawai, Noriyasu Hirasawa, Nariyasu Mano, Hiroaki Yamaguchi

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ATP-binding cassette transporter C4 (ABCC4) is associated with multidrug resistance and the regulation of cell signalling. Some prostaglandins (PGs), including: PGE2, PGF, PGE3, and PGF are known substrates of ABCC4, and are released from some types of cells to exert their biological effects. In the present study, we demonstrate that PGD2 is a novel substrate of ABCC4 using a transport assay based on inside-out membrane vesicles prepared from ABCC4-overexpressing cells. Then, we used two types of cell lines with confirmed ABCC4 mRNA and PGD2 release capacity (human mast cell lines HMC-1 cells and human rhabdomyosarcoma cell lines TE671 cells) to evaluate the contribution of ABCC4. The extracellular levels of PGD2 were unchanged following addition of a selective ABCC4 inhibitor in TE671 cells. Pharmacological inhibition and knockdown of ABCC4 significantly reduced the extracellular levels of PGD2 by at least 53% in HMC-1 cells. Moreover, the extracellular levels of PGD2 decreased by at least 20% using the selective ABCC4 inhibitor in the other mast cell line RBL-2H3 cells. Therefore, our results suggest that ABCC4 functions as a PGD2 exporter in HMC-1 cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102139
JournalProstaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug


  • ATP-binding cassette transporter
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Mast cell
  • Prostaglandin
  • Transporter


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