Fluorescently labeled methyl-beta-cyclodextrin enters intestinal epithelial Caco-2 cells by fluid-phase endocytosis

Ferenc Fenyvesi, Katalin Réti-Nagy, Zsolt Bacsó, Zsuzsanna Gutay-Tóth, Milo Malanga, Éva Fenyvesi, Lajos Szente, Judit Váradi, Zoltán Ujhelyi, Pálma Fehér, Gábor Szabó, Miklós Vecsernyés, Ildikó Bácskay

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Cyclodextrins are widely used excipients for increasing the bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs. Their effect on drug absorption in the gastrointestinal tract is explained by their solubility- and permeability-enhancement. The aims of this study were to investigate penetration properties of fluorescently labeled randomly methylated-beta-cyclodextrin (FITC-RAMEB) on Caco-2 cell layer and examine the cellular entry of cyclodextrins on intestinal cells. The permeability of FITC-RAMEB through Caco-2 monolayers was very limited. Using this compound in 0.05 mM concentration the permeability coefficient was 3.35±1.29x10-8 cm/s and its permeability did not change in the presence of 5 mM randomly methylated-beta-cyclodextrin. Despite of the low permeability, cellular accumulation of FITC-RAMEB in cytoplasmic vesicles was significant and showed strong time and concentration dependence, similar to the characteristics of the macropinocytosis marker Lucifer Yellow. The internalization process was fully inhibited at 0°C and it was drastically reduced at 37°C applying rottlerin, an inhibitor of macropinocytosis. Notably, FITC-RAMEB colocalized with the early endosome organizer Rab5a. These results have revealed that FITC-RAMEB is able to enter intestinal epithelial cells by fluid-phase endocytosis from the apical side. This mechanism can be an additional process which helps to overcome the intestinal barrier and contributes to the bioavailability enhancement of cyclodextrins.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere84856
JournalPloS one
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 8 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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Fenyvesi, F., Réti-Nagy, K., Bacsó, Z., Gutay-Tóth, Z., Malanga, M., Fenyvesi, É., Szente, L., Váradi, J., Ujhelyi, Z., Fehér, P., Szabó, G., Vecsernyés, M., & Bácskay, I. (2014). Fluorescently labeled methyl-beta-cyclodextrin enters intestinal epithelial Caco-2 cells by fluid-phase endocytosis. PloS one, 9(1), [e84856]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0084856