The cellular uptake and covalent binding of nitroso-chloramphenicol

Thomas Murray, Adel A. Yunis

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A comparative study of the cellular transport of CAP and its nitroso derivative (NO-CAP) was carried out in Raji cells, a transformed human lymphoblastoid cell line. Both agents were concentrated by the cells by a factor of 3 (cellular/extracellular concentration ratio). The cellular uptake of NO-CAP, like that of CAP, was found to be rapid and temperature-independent. Thus the greater cytotoxicity of NO-CAP is apparently not due to an enhanced uptake of the nitroso derivative relative to CAP. In contrast to the similarity of uptake, NO-CAP becomes covalently bound to both Raji cells and freshly isolated human bone marrow cells to a much higher extent (15-fold). Also, cells previously loaded with CAP or NO-CAP retain three times as much of the nitroso compound during a 24 hr dialysis against a drug-free isotonic solution. The increased binding of NO-CAP to human hematopoietic cells attests to the greater reactivity of the p-substituted aromatic nitroso group and is consistent with the postulate that reduction products of the nitro group of CAP may be responsible for CAP-induced aplastic anemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-401
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1981

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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