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Abstract #4211

Reduced Glutathion Concentration Limits the Reduction Rate of Nitoimidazol Derivatives in Vitro

1Instituto de Investigaciones Biomdicas "Alberto Sols" - CSIC, Madrid, Spain; 2Laboratory of Organic Synthesis and Molecular Imaging, UNED, Madrid, Spain

We investigate the mechanism of reduction of commercially available misonizazol or pimonidazol and the newly synthesized NIMAC hypoxia probe. We followed by in vitro 1H NMR the P-450 reductase dependent reduction of solutions containing NADPH and the different hypoxia probes in the presence or not of reduced glutathione, either under the air oxygen tension or under anoxic conditions. We found that the oxygen content of the solution had only a small effect of the different reduction rates, the rate limiting step being in all cases the presence or not of reduced glutathione, independently of the oxygen tension achieved.