OCT2 Inhibition – Transfected Cells

This assay is used to screen for inhibition of OCT2 by a test compound in OCT2-transfected HEK293 cells at a single concentration.

Required from Customer
  • Either a minimum of 300 µL of test compound at 10 mM in DMSO, or 5 mg of powder
  • Exact molecular mass of test compound and its salt form
  • Relevant solubility of the test compound
  • MSDS or handling and storage information, e.g., light sensitive, store at -20°C, etc.


  • Normalized uptake of MPP+ in the presence and absence of test compound in OCT2-transfected and vector control cells
  • Percent inhibition by the test compound
  • >50% inhibition indicates that the test compound is a significant inhibitor of OCT2


  • OCT2 probe substrate 1-methyl-4-Phenylpyridinium (MPP+) at 5 μM
  • Test compound at 10 μM in modified Hanks’ buffer with less than 0.8% DMSO

Assay System

  • OCT2-transfected HEK293 cells and vector control cells cultured in 24-well plates

Assay Conditions

  • Measure uptake of MPP+ in OCT2-transfected and vector control cells with and without test compound
  • Single concentration of test compound
  • Two cell lines: OCT2-transfected and vector control cell lines
  • Four treatments as follows:
    • OCT2-transfected cells with MPP+ +/-test compound
    • Vector control cells with MPP+ +/- test compound
  • Perform assay in duplicate (N=2 per treatment)
  • Wells are equilibrated with blank buffer containing 1% BSA prior to initiating the assay
  • Buffer is aspirated and replaced with test compound dosing solution
  • Incubate cells for 2 min at 37°C
  • Terminate the incubation and lyse the cells
  • Analyze cell lysate using LC-MS/MS to determine MPP+ concentration
  • Determine protein concentration in cell lysate and normalize MPP+ concentration to protein content

Assay QC

  • Uptake rate of probe substrate in OCT2-transfected vs. vector control cells


  1. The results from this assay are provided to the customer in the ExpressPlus report format, which may include graphical representations of data and comparison with historical data for reference compounds.
  2. The solubility of the test compound in Hanks’ buffer containing < 0.8% DMSO must be greater than the test concentration. If the solubility of the test compound is unavailable, Absorption Systems can conduct a solubility assessment at an additional charge.
  3. Percent inhibition is calculated as 100 x [1-(IROCT1-IRVC)TC / (IROCT1 – IRVC)0], where IROCT1 is the influx rate of MPP+ in OCT1-transfected cells, IRVC is the influx rate in vector control cells, “TC”  means in the presence of test compound, and “0” means in the absence of test compound.


  1. The customer can request:
    • that a positive control be performed in parallel (additional fees apply)