2-Nitroimidazoles induce mitochondrial stress and ferroptosis in glioma stem cells residing in a hypoxic niche

Naoyoshi Koike, Ryuichi Kota, Yoshiko Naito, Noriyo Hayakawa, Tomomi Matsuura, Takako Hishiki, Nobuyuki Onishi, Junichi Fukada, Makoto Suematsu, Naoyuki Shigematsu, Hideyuki Saya, Oltea Sampetrean

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Under hypoxic conditions, nitroimidazoles can replace oxygen as electron acceptors, thereby enhancing the effects of radiation on malignant cells. These compounds also accumulate in hypoxic cells, where they can act as cytotoxins or imaging agents. However, whether these effects apply to cancer stem cells has not been sufficiently explored. Here we show that the 2-nitroimidazole doranidazole potentiates radiation-induced DNA damage in hypoxic glioma stem cells (GSCs) and confers a significant survival benefit in mice harboring GSC-derived tumors in radiotherapy settings. Furthermore, doranidazole and misonidazole, but not metronidazole, manifested radiation-independent cytotoxicity for hypoxic GSCs that was mediated by ferroptosis induced partially through blockade of mitochondrial complexes I and II and resultant metabolic alterations in oxidative stress responses. Doranidazole also limited the growth of GSC-derived subcutaneous tumors and that of tumors in orthotopic brain slices. Our results thus reveal the theranostic potential of 2-nitroimidazoles as ferroptosis inducers that enable targeting GSCs in their hypoxic niche.

ジャーナルCommunications biology
出版ステータスPublished - 2020 12月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 医学(その他)
  • 生化学、遺伝学、分子生物学一般
  • 農業および生物科学一般


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