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Chemical research in toxicology

Thiol-Dependent Reduction of the Triester and Triamide Derivatives of Finland Trityl Radical Triggers O


PMID 28759716

Abstract

Tetrathiatriaylmethyl (trityl) radicals have found wide biomedical applications as magnetic resonance probes. Trityl radicals and their derivatives are generally stable toward biological reducing agents such as glutathione (GSH) and ascorbate. We demonstrate that the triester (ET-03) and triamide (AT-03) derivatives of the Finland trityl radical exhibit unique reduction by thiols such as GSH and cysteine (Cys) to generate the corresponding trityl carbanions as evidenced by the loss of EPR signal and appearance of characteristic UV-vis absorbance at 644 nm under anaerobic conditions. The trityl carbanions can be quickly converted back to the original trityl radicals by oxygen (O