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Data from: Electrolytic ablation enables cancer cell targeting through pH modulation

Citation

Perkons, Nicholas R. et al. (2019), Data from: Electrolytic ablation enables cancer cell targeting through pH modulation, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.2gg2f50

Abstract

Minimally invasive ablation strategies enable locoregional treatment of tumors. Electrolytic ablation functions through the local delivery of direct current, without thermal effects, facilitating enhanced precision. However, the clinical application of electrolytic ablation is limited by an incompletely characterized mechanism of action. Here we show that acid and base production at the electrodes precipitates local pH changes causing the rapid cell death that underlies macroscopic tumor necrosis at pH > 10.6 or < 4.8. The extent of cell death can be modulated by altering the local buffering capacity and antioxidant availability. These data demonstrate that electrolytic ablation is distinguished from other ablation strategies via its ability to induce cellular necrosis by directly altering the tumor microenvironment. These findings may enable further development of electrolytic ablation as a curative therapy for primary, early stage tumors.

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