The binding characteristics and intracellular localization of temoporfin (mTHPC) in myeloid leukemia cells: Phototoxicity and mitochondrial damage

J. Y. Chen, Nai Ki MAK, C. M.N. Yow, M. C. Fung, L. C. Chiu, W. N. Leung, Nai Ho CHEUNG

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Abstract

The state of aggregation of the photosensitizer meso-tetrahydroxyphenylchlorin (mTHPC) in both cell free and intracellular environment was elucidated by comparing its absorption and excitation spectra. In methanol, mTHPC existed as monomers and strongly fluoresced. In aqueous solutions such as phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), mTHPC formed nonfluorescent aggregates. Some portion of mTHPC monomerized in the presence of 10% fetal calf serum PBS. In murine myeloid leukemia M1 and WEHI-3B (JCS) cells, cytoplasmic mTHPC were monomeric. By using organelle-specific fluorescent probes, it was found that mTHPC localized preferentially at the mitochondria and the perinuclear region. Photodynamic treatment of mTHPC-sensitized leukemia cells caused rapid appearance of the apoptogenic protein cytochrome c in the cytosol. Results from flow cytometric analysis showed that the release of cytochrome c was especially pronounced in JCS cells, and well correlated with the extent of apoptotic cell death as reported earlier. Electron microscopy revealed the loss of integrity of the mitochondrial membrane and the appearance of chromatin condensation as early as 1 h after light irradiation. We conclude that rapid release of cytochrome c from photodamaged mitochondria is responsible for the mTHPC-induced apoptosis in the myeloid leukemia JCS and M1 cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-547
Number of pages7
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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