MnTE-2-PyP modulates thiol oxidation in a hydrogen peroxide-mediated manner in a human prostate cancer cell

Qiang Tong, Yuxiang Zhu, Joseph W. Galaske, Elizabeth A. Kosmacek, Arpita Chatterjee, Bryan C. Dickinson, Rebecca E. Oberley-Deegan

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To improve the treatment of advanced prostate cancer, the development of effective and innovative antitumor agents is needed. Our previous work demonstrated that the ROS (reactive oxygen species) scavenger, MnTE-2-PyP, inhibited human prostate cancer growth and also inhibited prostate cancer migration and invasion. We showed that MnTE-2-PyP treatment altered the affinity of the histone acetyltransferase enzyme, p300, to bind to DNA. We speculate that this may be one mechanism by which MnTE-2-PyP inhibits prostate cancer progression. Specifically, MnTE-2-PyP decreased p300/HIF-1/CREB complex (p300/hypoxia-inducible factor-1/cAMP response element-binding protein) binding to a specific hypoxia-response element (HRE) motif within the plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) gene promoter region, and consequently, repressed PAI-1 expression. However, it remains unclear how MnTE-2-PyP reduces p300 complex binding affinity to the promoter region of specific genes. In this study, we found that overexpression of Cu/ZnSOD (superoxide dismutase 1, SOD1) significantly suppressed PAI-1 gene expression and p300 complex binding to the promoter region of PAI-1 gene, just as was observed in cells treated with MnTE-2-PyP. Furthermore, catalase (CAT) overexpression rescued the inhibition of PAI-1 expression and p300 binding by MnTE-2-PyP. Taken together, the above findings suggest that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is likely the mediator through which MnTE-2-PyP inhibits the PAI-1 expression and p300 complex binding in PC3 cells. To confirm this, we measured the production of H2O2 following overexpression of SOD1 or catalase with MnTE-2-PyP treatment in the presence or absence of radiation. We found that MnTE-2-PyP increased the intracellular steady-state levels of H2O2 and increased nuclear H2O2 levels. As expected, catalase overexpression significantly decreased the levels of intracellular H2O2 induced by MnTE-2-PyP. We then determined if this increased H2O2 production could result in oxidized protein thiol groups. In the presence of MnTE-2-PyP, there was a significant increase in oxidized thiols in PC3 cell lysates and this was reversed with catalase overexpression. Specifically, we showed that p300 was oxidized after MnTE-2-PyP treatment, indicating that MnTE-2-PyP is creating a more oxidizing environment and this is altering the oxidation state of p300 thiol residues. Our data provide an in depth mechanism by which MnTE-2-PyP regulates gene transcription through induced H2O2 mediated oxidation of particular proteins, supporting an important role for MnTE-2-PyP as an effective and innovative antitumor agent to enhance treatment outcomes in prostate cancer radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-43
Number of pages12
JournalFree Radical Biology and Medicine
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Cu/ZnSOD
  • Hydrogen peroxide (HO)
  • MnTE-2-PyP
  • Prostate cancer
  • p300

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology (medical)


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