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Free Radic Biol Med. 2009 Aug 1;47(3):250-60. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2009.04.018. Epub 2009 Apr 21.

Radioprotective effects of manganese-containing superoxide dismutase mimics on ataxia-telangiectasia cells.

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Department of Radiation Physics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

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  • Free Radic Biol Med. 2009 Oct 15;47(8):1234.


We tested several classes of antioxidant manganese compounds for radioprotective effects using human lymphoblastoid cells: six porphyrins, three salens, and two cyclic polyamines. Radioprotection was evaluated by seven assays: XTT, annexin V and propidium iodide flow cytometry analysis, gamma-H2AX immunofluorescence, the neutral comet assay, dichlorofluorescein and dihydroethidium staining, resazurin, and colony survival assay. Two compounds were most effective in protecting wild-type and A-T cells against radiation-induced damage: MnMx-2-PyP-Calbio (a mixture of differently N-methylated MnT-2-PyP+ from Calbiochem) and MnTnHex-2-PyP. MnTnHex-2-PyP protected WT cells against radiation-induced apoptosis by 58% (p = 0.04), using XTT, and A-T cells by 39% (p = 0.01), using annexin V and propidium iodide staining. MnTnHex-2-PyP protected WT cells against DNA damage by 57% (p = 0.005), using gamma-H2AX immunofluorescence, and by 30% (p < 0.01), using neutral comet assay. MnTnHex-2-PyP is more lipophilic than MnMx-2-PyP-Calbio and is also >10-fold more SOD-active; consequently it is >50-fold more potent as a radioprotectant, as supported by six of the tests employed in this study. Thus, lipophilicity and antioxidant potency correlated with the magnitude of the beneficial radioprotectant effects observed. Our results identify a new class of porphyrinic radioprotectants for the general and radiosensitive populations and may also provide a new option for treating A-T patients.

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