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Journal archive > 2009 > N 6 November-December

VITAMIN K3-INDUCED ACTIVATION OF MOLECULAR OXYGEN IN GLIOMA CELLS

N. G. Krylova, T. A. Kulahоva, G.?N.?Semenkova, S. N. Cherenkevich

Belarusian State University, Minsk;
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It has been shown by the method of fluorescent analysis that the rate of hydrogen peroxide generation in human U251 glioma cells under the effect of lipophilic (menadione) or hydrophilic (vikasol) analogues of vitamin К3 was different. Analyzing experimental data we can conclude that menadione underwent one- and two-electron reduction by intracellular reductases in glioma cells. Reduced forms of menadione interact with molecular oxygen leading to reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. The theoretical model of ROS generation including two competitive processes of one- and two-electron reduction of menadione has been proposed. Rate constants of ROS generation mediated by one-electron reduction process have been estimated.

Key words: menadione, vikasol, glioma, hydrogen peroxide.

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