Malvika Rawal

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Renewed interest in using pharmacological ascorbate (AscH-) to treat cancer has prompted interest in leveraging its cytotoxic mechanism of action. A central feature of AscH- action in cancer cells is its ability to act as an electron donor to O2 for generating H2O2. We hypothesized that catalytic manganoporphyrins (MnP) would increase AscH- oxidation rates,(More)
Pharmacological ascorbate (AscH(-)) selectively induces cytotoxicity in pancreatic cancer cells vs normal cells via the generation of extracellular hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), producing double-stranded DNA breaks and ultimately cell death. Catalytic manganoporphyrins (MnPs) can enhance ascorbate-induced cytotoxicity by increasing the rate of AscH(-) oxidation(More)
Labile iron, i.e. iron that is weakly bound and is relatively unrestricted in its redox activity, has been implicated in both the pathogenesis as well as treatment of cancer. Two cancer treatments where labile iron may contribute to their mechanism of action are pharmacological ascorbate and ionizing radiation (IR). Pharmacological ascorbate has been shown(More)
Recommended Citation Rawal, Malvika. "Manganoporphyrins as adjuvants to enhance pharmacological ascorbate in pancreatic cancer therapy. The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not " Eureka " but " That's funny... " —Isaac Asimov ii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my mentor Dr.(More)
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