Motexafin gadolinium-induced cell death correlates with heme oxygenase-1 expression and inhibition of P450 reductase-dependent activities.


Heme oxygenase-1 (HO1), which oxidizes heme to biliverdin, CO, and free iron, conveys protection against oxidative stress and is antiapoptotic. Under stress conditions, some porphyrin derivatives can inhibit HO1 and trigger cell death. Motexafin gadolinium (MGd) is an expanded porphyrin that selectively targets cancer cells through a process of futile redox… (More)

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