Effect of L-carnitine on cultured murine melanoma cells exposed to azelaic acid.

  title={Effect of L-carnitine on cultured murine melanoma cells exposed to azelaic acid.},
  author={Barbara J. Ward and A. S. Breathnach and E J Robins and Y P Bhasin and L B Ethridge and M. Nazzaro‐Porro and S J Passi},
  journal={The Journal of investigative dermatology},
  volume={86 4},
The cytotoxic effect of azelaic acid on murine melanoma cells in culture is due, at least in part, to an antimitochondrial action. We investigated the possibility that the addition of carnitine to the medium may increase the transport of azelaic acid into the mitochondria and thereby increase its cytotoxic effect. Using mitochondrial cross-sectional area measured from electron micrographs as a criterion for mitochondrial damage, we found that the addition of L-carnitine to the culture medium… 

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