Mechanism of the Antitumor and Radiosensitizing Effects of a Manganese Porphyrin, MnHex-2-PyP.

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AIMS: Cationic manganese (Mn)-substituted N-pyridylporphyrin-based potent mimics of the family of superoxide dismutases (SODs) protect normal tissues from injury related to ionizing radiation (IR) by reducing levels of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS). Furthermore, Mn-porphyrins have demonstrated antitumor and radiosensitizing effects on cancer cells by promoting IR-induced tumor vasculature damage and apoptotic processes. In this study, we explored the underlying mechanisms of Mn-porphyrin-mediated tumor radiosensitization using murine mammary carcinoma 4T1 and melanoma B16 cells in vitro and in vivo. RESULTS: Combination treatment with MnTnHex-2-PyP and IR substantially reduced cell viability, clonogenic cell survival, and DNA damage repair and synergistically increased IR-induced apoptosis of 4T1 and B16 cells. MnTnHex-2-PyP in combination with IR caused a significant delay in growth of 4T1 and B16 xenograft tumors. MnTnHex-2-PyP dose-dependently enhanced IR-mediated production of H2O2-derived species, but not superoxide. Catalase overexpression reversed MnTnHex-2-PyP-enhanced ROS production and apoptosis. Demonstrated suppression of phosphorylation of several mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases and activation of NF-κB by MnTnHex-2-PyP/IR, which presumably inhibited activation of the antiapoptotic pathway, are in agreement with our other data on the apoptosis of cancer cells. Innovation and Conclusions: MnTnHex-2-PyP exerted a radiosensitizing effect on 4T1 and B16 tumor models in vitro and in vivo via pro-oxidative actions and therefore bears a large therapeutic potential. When combined with IR, it attenuated DNA damage repair and triggered a shift from prosurvival pathways to apoptotic cell death, likely due to increased ROS production and disturbed cellular redox balance, acting at the level of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB). Antioxid. Redox Signal. 27, 1067-1082.

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Cited Authors

  • Shin, S-W; Choi, C; Lee, G-H; Son, A; Kim, S-H; Park, HC; Batinic-Haberle, I; Park, W

Published Date

  • November 10, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 14

Start / End Page

  • 1067 - 1082

PubMed ID

  • 28358581

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-7716

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/ars.2016.6889


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States