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BACKGROUND: RRx-001 is an anti-cancer immunotherapeutic that increases the sensitivity of drug resistant tumors via multiple mechanisms which involve binding to hemoglobin and enhancing nitrite reductase activity of deoxyhemoglobin. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, the effect of clinically used doses of RRx-001 on erythrocyte deformability was examined. METHODS: A dose dependent effect of RRx-001 (1-1000 micro molar) on erythrocyte deformability was measured by ektacytometer under hypoxia (n = 8). Low dose RRx-001 (20 micro molar) in the presence of ODQ (1H-[1,2,4]Oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one), L-NAME (L-NG-Nitroarginine methyl ester) or nitrite were examined both in normoxia and hypoxia. Intracellular nitric oxide (NO) levels were measured fluorometrically with DAF-FM-DA. RESULTS: Higher doses of RRx-001 (100, 1000 micro molar) significantly decreased erythrocyte deformability under hypoxia (p

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221 - 235


RRx-001, deformability, erythrocyte, hypoxia, nitric oxide, Antineoplastic Agents, Azetidines, Biomarkers, Erythrocyte Deformability, Erythrocytes, Humans, NG-Nitroarginine Methyl Ester, Neoplasms, Nitric Oxide, Nitrites, Nitro Compounds