Caco-2 cells are widely used for transepithelial transport and metabolism studies. We analysed the metabolites produced from quercetin (Q) during transport of this flavonoid across Caco-2 monolayers and by plastic-adhering cells. We found that the pattern of Phase II metabolic activity varies markedly depending on the particular cell clone, age of the cell culture, and stressful treatment such as freezing/thawing. Prolonged culturing and stress cause a decrease of "detoxifying" conjugating activity. This can be re-established by growing the cells with a low concentration of the transport/metabolism substrate for a few days. We suggest this metabolism-activating procedure be used to make studies with these cells more readily comparable.

Heterogeneity and standardization of Phase II metabolism in cultured cells

BIASUTTO, LUCIA;MAROTTA, ESTER;BRADASCHIA, ALICE;GARBISA, SPIRIDIONE;ZORATTI, MARIO;PARADISI, CRISTINA
2009

Abstract

Caco-2 cells are widely used for transepithelial transport and metabolism studies. We analysed the metabolites produced from quercetin (Q) during transport of this flavonoid across Caco-2 monolayers and by plastic-adhering cells. We found that the pattern of Phase II metabolic activity varies markedly depending on the particular cell clone, age of the cell culture, and stressful treatment such as freezing/thawing. Prolonged culturing and stress cause a decrease of "detoxifying" conjugating activity. This can be re-established by growing the cells with a low concentration of the transport/metabolism substrate for a few days. We suggest this metabolism-activating procedure be used to make studies with these cells more readily comparable.
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