Tirapazamine has no Effect on Hepatotoxicity of Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil but Interacts with Doxorubicin Leading to Side Changes in Redox Equilibrium

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Abstract

Tirapazamine is a hypoxia-activated prodrug which was shown to exhibit up to 300 times greater cytotoxicity under anoxic in comparison with aerobic conditions. Thus, the combined anticancer therapy of tirapazamine with a routinely used anticancer drug seems to be a promising solution. Because tirapazamine undergoes redox cycle transformation in this study, the effect of tirapazamine on redox hepatic equilibrium, lipid status and liver morphology was evaluated in rats exposed to cisplatin, doxorubicin and 5-fluorouracil. Rats were intraperitoneally injected with tirapazamine and a particular cytostatic. The animals were killed, and blood and liver were collected. Hepatic glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, NADH, NADPH glutathione and the activity of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase were determined. Liver morphology and the immune expression of HMG-CoA-reductase were also assessed. Glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, bilirubin concentrations and the activity of aspartate and alanine aminotransferases were determined in the plasma. Tirapazamine displayed insignificant interactions with cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil referring to hepatic morphology and biochemical parameters. However, tirapazamine interacts with doxorubicin, thus leading to side changes in redox equilibrium and lipid peroxidation, but those effects are not severe enough to exclude that drug combination from further studies. Thus, tirapazamine seems to be a promising agent in successive studies on anticancer activity in similar schedules.

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