Sn-protoporphyrin (SnPP) suppresses generation of 14CO from hepatic heme labeled with delta-aminolevulinic acid (5-[14C]ALA) or from infused [14C]hemin in rats. SnPP administered 1 h before administration of 5-[14C]ALA virtually abolished the peak output of 14CO occurring 2-3 h after injection of this heme precursor, and during the succeeding 12 h reduced 14CO excretion by approximately 61% compared with controls. When [14C]hemin was infused, SnPP diminished 14CO excretion by approximately 50%. These findings, derived from experiments using radiolabeled endogenous and exogenous heme sources, establish conclusively that the synthetic metalloporphyrin SnPP inhibits the oxidative degradation of heme in the intact animal.
Proof that Sn-protoporphyrin inhibits the enzymatic catabolism of heme in vivo. Suppression of 14CO generation from radiolabeled endogenous and exogenous heme sources.
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S A Landaw, S Sassa, G S Drummond, A Kappas; Proof that Sn-protoporphyrin inhibits the enzymatic catabolism of heme in vivo. Suppression of 14CO generation from radiolabeled endogenous and exogenous heme sources.. J Exp Med 1 April 1987; 165 (4): 1195–1200. doi: https://doi.org/10.1084/jem.165.4.1195
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