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Promotion of PDT efficacy by HA14-1
Author(s): David Kessel; Michael Price; Kelly Haagenson
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Paper Abstract

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) can target the members of the Bcl-2 family that protect cells from the initiation of apoptosis, a well-known death pathway. We examined the ability of HA14-1, a non-peptidic Bcl-2/Bcl-xL antagonist, to promote the efficacy of PDT. The photosensitizer was the porphycene CPO that causes photodamage to Bcl-2 located in the endoplasmic reticulum. Using low PDT doses together with LD5-20 concentrations of HA14-1, we found a marked synergistic effect. These results indicate that such an effect occurs when PDT is coupled with pharmacologic suppression of Bcl-2 function. HA14-1 is an unstable compound that decomposes in aqueous solution. This resulted in a rapid (~60 sec) burst of fluorescence that closely mimicked the properties of many fluorescent probes, but was traced to an effect produced when HA14-1 contacts serum proteins. Other Bcl-2 antagonists that do not produce any intrinsic fluorescence also promoted PDT efficacy. Moreover, briefly storing HA14-1 in aqueous medium until the fluorescent burst is over does not inhibit a subsequent synergistic promotion of PDT efficacy. We conclude that Bcl-2 antagonists can promote the efficacy of low-dose PDT in a manner unrelated to ROS production. The most likely explanation is an enhanced loss of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family function such that a threshold for initiation of apoptosis is crossed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6845, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XVII, 684502 (8 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.758836
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David Kessel, Wayne State Univ. (United States)
Michael Price, Wayne State Univ. (United States)
Kelly Haagenson, Wayne State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6845:
Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XVII
David Kessel, Editor(s)

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