Wednesday, December 09, 2009

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131 (44), pp 15982–15983

Monitoring of Biological One-Electron Reduction by 19F NMR Using Hypoxia Selective Activation of an 19F-Labeled Indolequinone Derivative
Kazuhito Tanabe*†, Hiroshi Harada‡§, Michiko Narazaki, Kazuo Tanaka, Kenichi Inafuku, Hirokazu Komatsu†, Takeo Ito†, Hisatsugu Yamada†§, Yoshiki Chujo, Tetsuya Matsuda, Masahiro Hiraoka‡§ and Sei-ichi Nishimoto*†

Biological reduction of fluorine-labeled indolequinone derivative (IQ-F) was characterized by 19F NMR for quantitative molecular understanding. The chemical shift change in 19F NMR allowed monitoring of the enzymatic reduction of IQ-F. Upon hypoxic treatment of IQ-F with NADPH:cytochrome P450 reductase, IQ-F was activated via catalytic one-electron reduction to release nonafluoro-tert-butyl alcohol (F-OH), while the formation of F-OH was significantly suppressed under aerobic conditions. Similar hypoxia-selective reduction of IQ-F occurred within A549 cells, which expresses NADPH:cytochrome P450 reductase. The kinetic analysis was also performed to propose a reaction mechanism. The molecular oxygen slightly prevents the binding of IQ-F to reductase, while the rate of net reaction was decreased due to oxidation of a semiquinone anion radical intermediate generated by one-electron reduction of IQ-F. The disappearance of IQ-F and appearance of F-OH were imaged by 19F fast spin echo, thus visualizing the hypoxia-selective reduction of IQ-F by means of MR imaging.

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