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Synthesis and characterizations of MnO2-BSA and 131I-tethered MnO2-BSA

MnO2-BSA and 131I-MnO2-BSA had been synthesized through an environmentally pleasant biomimetic mineralization technique (Fig. 1a) [26]. Uniformly-distributed MnO2-BSA nanoparticles with an ultrasmall dimension of roughly 10.0 nm are noticed (Fig. 1b). Their hydrated dynamic dimension stays beneath 50 nm, as decided in dynamic gentle scattering (DLS) knowledge (Fig. 1c). The ultrasmall dimension might be attributed to the BSA-arised confinement impact that may impede MnO2 overgrowth and coincidently keep away from aggregates’ delivery [27, 28]. An evident attribute absorbance peak at 200–300 nm akin to MnO2 within the UV–Vis spectrum of MnO2-BSA signifies the profitable synthesis of MnO2-BSA (Fig. 1d). Vast-band and narrow-band X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) evaluation additionally mirror the presence of MnO2, whereby the valence of Mn is decided to be + 4 (Fig. 1e and Extra file 1: Fig. S1), and Mn4+ certainly favors O2 launch after the catalytical decomposition of H2O2 (Fig. 1f). Radionuclide 131I labeling was tethered to BSA through a substitution linkage as a result of wealthy phenolic hydroxyl teams of BSA [21], placing the ultimate product (131I-MnO2-BSA) inside simple attain. Furthermore, the IRT radiosensitizers (i.e., radiolabeled 131I-MnO2-BSA) characteristic extended radiolabeling stability beneath totally different physiologic situations at 37 °C, which affords sufficient time for the next research (Fig. 1g). Regardless of dropping 20%, the residual radiolabeling stability at a plateau of 80% after 24 h shall be enough for killing tumor, throughout which the structural stability with out BSA shedding is reached as a consequence of no evident particle dimension variation (Extra file 1: Fig. S2).

Fig. 1
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Synthesis and cellular-level evaluations of 131I-MnO2-BSA. a The synthesis and motion procedures of radionuclide labeled MnO2-BSA (i.e., 131I-MnO2-BSA) and the improved IRT. b TEM photos with low- and high- (inset) magnifications of MnO2-BSA; c Dimension distribution of 131I-MnO2-BSA decided by DLS in PBS. d UV–Vis absorbance spectra of 131I-MnO2-BSA with totally different concentrations in PBS. e Slender-band XPS spectrum of 131I-MnO2-BSA, and Mn 2p XPS spectra with excessive decision had been recorded. f Oxygen dissolution stage of 131I-MnO2-BSA after incubation with H2O2 (5 mM) for various durations. g Radiolabeling stability exams of 131I-MnO2-BSA at 37 °C in PBS, FBS and serum. h, i Fluorescence photos (h) and the corresponding imply fluorescence depth (MFI) (i) of ROS in 4T1 cells stained with DCFH-DA after numerous remedies. j Circulation cytometry (FCM) patterns of 4T1 cells stained with propidium iodide (PI) and annexin V-FITC after numerous remedies for figuring out the apoptosis stage. P values had been calculated by ANOVA (***p < 0.001). Information are expressed as imply ± customary deviation (SD) (n = 3)

In vitro antitumor evaluations utilizing 131I- MnO2-BSA

The viability of 4T1 cells handled with MnO2-BSA stays 80% even when Mn focus reaches 90 μM (Extra file 1: Fig. S3a), suggesting that MnO2-BSA can function a secure service of 131I. Furthermore, as a consequence of hypoxia-induced resistance to IRT, the 131I radionuclide alone fails to kill 4T1 cells (Extra file 1: Fig. S3a). Excitingly, the mixture of 131I radionuclide and MnO2-BSA (i.e., 131I-MnO2-BSA) receives a significantly-elevated capability to kill 4T1 cells. This phenomenon might be attributed to that MnO2-BSA engulfment by 4T1 cells, permitting a considerable amount of 131I to enter 4T1 cells and concurrently give rise to O2 for mitigating hypoxia and liberating the hypoxia-induced imprisonment to IRT, each of which cooperatively contributed to the augmented ROS manufacturing. To confirm this speculation, intracellular ROS that play a major function in cell apoptosis and proliferation suppression are detected [29], whereby 2,7-dichloro-dihydrofluorescien diacetate (DCFH-DA) was used as ROS indicator [30, 31]. As anticipated, 131I-MnO2-BSA performs the most effective in frightening ROS delivery (Fig. 1h,i and Extra file 1: Fig. S3b), consequently receiving the very best cell apoptosis, as evidenced by stream cytometry (FCM) inspection (Fig. 1j).

In vivo O2-enhanced radioisotope remedy enabled by 131I-MnO2-BSA-unlocked radiogenetics

Impressed by above interesting therapeutic leads to vitro, a subcutaneous 4T1 tumor-bearing mouse mannequin was established to map the metabolic distribution of free 131I and 131I-MnO2-BSA radiosensitizers after native injection. Planar photos had been captured at totally different time intervals, and most of free 131I escaped quickly from the tumor website, indicating low tumor retention. Quite the opposite, excessive 131I-MnO2-BSA accumulations on the tumor website with out apparent diffusion into regular organs are noticed even at 168 h (Fig. 2a), indicating that labeling with MnO2-BSA chelation can ship 131I radioisotope and delay the residence time out there for ionizing irradiations. Notably, though the agent was intratumorally injected, a small proportion inevitably permeated into the circulation and entered abdomen.

Fig. 2
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In vivo SPECT/CT imaging and antitumor evaluations utilizing 131I-MnO2-BSA on 4T1-bearing mice mannequin. a Consultant SPECT/CT planar imaging of 4T1 tumor-bearing mice post-i.t. injection of 131I-MnO2-BSA at totally different time factors, dose: 500 µCi; b Tumor development curves of every mouse in numerous teams equivalent to management, MnO2-BSA, free 131I and 131I-MnO2-BSA (dose: 500 µCi). c Time-dependent relative tumor quantity variations of 4T1 tumor-bearing mice experiencing corresponding remedies in numerous teams together with management, MnO2-BSA, free 131I and 131I-MnO2-BSA (dose: 500 µCi), the place tumor volumes had been normalized to preliminary values (V/V0). d Common tumor weight harvested from 4T1 tumor-bearing mice skilled totally different remedies in numerous teams on the finish of experimental interval (Day 12). e Physique weight variation of 4T1 tumor-bearing Balb/c mice throughout therapy. f, g Optical microscopic photos of H&E (f) and TUNEL-stained (g) tumor sections in numerous therapy teams (e.g., management, MnO2-BSA, free 131I and 131I-MnO2-BSA). P values had been calculated by ANOVA (**P < 0.01 and ***P < 0.001). Information are expressed as imply ± SD (n = 5)

Thereafter, we evaluated the IRT efficacy of labeled 131I-MnO2-BSA in native tumors. Intimately, mice bearing subcutaneous 4T1 tumors had been intratumorally injected with MnO2-BSA, free 131I (i.t., 500 μCi), 131I-MnO2-BSA (i.t., 500 μCi). Tumor development curves present that MnO2-BSA fails to delay tumor development on the administered dosage (Fig. 2b, c). Moreover, free 131I can be disabled to delay tumor development due to its speedy clearance or metabolism. Intriguingly, as soon as 131I is mixed with MnO2-BSA, the obtained 131I-MnO2-BSA is discovered to considerably suppress tumor development (Fig. 2b, c). Intimately, the tumor development handled with 131I-MnO2-BSA at 12 days post-treatment is retarded, exhibiting a 53% lower compared to that within the management (Fig. 2c). An identical outcomes are obtained by measuring tumor weight on the finish of the experimental interval, whereby the tumors of mice handled with 131I-MnO2-BSA weigh a lot lower than the tumors from the mice within the different teams (Fig. 2d).

Moreover, no irregular physique weight reduction or cachexia within the numerous therapy teams signifies that the nanomaterials haven’t any latent short-term toxicity, which is promising for scientific purposes (Fig. 2e). Pathological examinations together with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick finish labeling (TUNEL) assays, had been carried out to explored apoptosis and/or necrosis. H&E outcomes present that the tumor cells in monotherapy (MnO2-BSA alone or 131I alone) teams retain comparatively intact construction, whereas the tumor cells in 131I-MnO2-BSA group characteristic cell shrinkage, karyolysis, and nuclear fragmentation (Fig. 2f). Persistently, TUNEL assay additional confirms these outcomes, whereby the mixed remedy, i.e., 131I-MnO2-BSA, brings about probably the most cell apoptosis (Fig. 2g).

RNA-seq evaluation for monitoring gene mutations arising from 131I-MnO2-BSA-unlocked radiogenetics

To find out the antitumor response mechanism of locally-applied 131I-MnO2-BSA from the genetics perspective, RNA-seq was carried out to check the variations in gene expression amongst tumor-bearing mice. In contrast with the management group, 197 genes are recognized as differentially expressed genes (DEGs) with a cutoff of |log2FC|= 0.9, amongst which 135 genes are up-regulated and 62 genes are down-regulated, as indicated within the volcano plot and heatmap plot (Fig. 3a, b). To realize additional insights into the potential mechanisms of those DEGs, gene ontology (GO) evaluation together with organic course of (BP), molecular perform (MF) and mobile element (CC), was adopted. Within the BP evaluation, “optimistic regulation of extrinsic apoptotic”, “sign pathway optimistic regulation of cytokine secretion”, “T-cell co-stimulation, immune response”, and “response to hypoxia” are considerably affected by 131I-MnO2-BSA therapy (Fig. 3c). CC evaluation demonstrates that DEGs take part in “extracellular exosome” and “extracellular area” (Fig. 3d). For MF, the DEGs primarily correlate with “cytokine exercise” and “scavenger receptor exercise” (Fig. 3e). Particularly, the Log2 fold change and P worth of the DEGs concerned in immune-related pathways and hypoxia-related pathways had been measured. Outcomes present that the genes related to immune-related pathways and hypoxia-related pathway together with SECTM1B, IL10, CCL8, MCPT2, IL7, IL24, ENPP2, MCPT1, TNFSF13B, CD209D, AGT, BMP3, CAV1, ARNT2, MUC1, EDN1, ANGPT2, VEGFC, are up-regulated in 131I-MnO2-BSA handled mice, accompanied which mRNA expressions of CRLF1 and BTLA are down-regulated (Fig. 3f, g). Moreover, a protein–protein interplay (PPI) is obtained (Fig. 3h).

Fig. 3
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RNA-sequencing evaluation, hypoxia modulation and systematic immune response activation of native 131I-MnO2-BSA therapy in 4T1-bearing mice mannequin. a Volcano plots exhibiting the DEGs between the management and 131I-MnO2-BSA teams; b Heatmap of DEGs between the management and 131I-MnO2-BSA teams; c Organic course of evaluation; d Mobile element evaluation; e Molecular perform evaluation. f The Log2 fold change of DEGs associated to immune and hypoxia response; g The p worth of DEGs associated to immune and hypoxia response; h Protein–protein interplay networks. G1 and G4 characterize Management, 131I-MnO2-BSA, respectively. i Immunofluorescence photos of tumors slices in numerous teams, and tumor slices had been harvested from these mice experiencing corresponding therapy in numerous teams, after which stained with anti-HIF-α, anti-CD8, anti-Foxp3, anti-F4/80, and anti-CD206 antibodies, respectively. jo Statistical knowledge of HIF-1α+ (j), CTLs+ (okay), Foxp3+ (Treg, l), CTLs/Treg (m), F4/80+ (n) and CD206+ (o) areas in tumors after numerous remedies, which had been obtained from i. The ratios had been normalized in relation to the PBS group. P values had been calculated by ANOVA (***p < 0.001; *p < 0.05; ns, not vital). G1–G4 characterize Management, MnO2-BSA, free 131I and 131I-MnO2-BSA therapy, respectively. Information are expressed as imply ± SD (n = 3), dose: 500 µCi

All of those sequencing outcomes unveil that the Mn-based radiosensitizers-unlocked radiogenetics activated hypoxia and immune-underlined microenvironment to enhance the antitumor impacts. Subsequently, to deeply perceive it, tumor microenvironment was additional surveyed as described within the following components.

131I-MnO2-BSA for modulating the tumor hypoxic and immunosuppressive microenvironments

Hypoxia and immunosuppression are often recognized because the predominant elements that trigger the failures of most antitumor therapy strategies. Thus, quite a few efforts have been made to modulate and even reverse these traits of the tumor microenvironments, take away therapy resistance and exert sturdy antitumor actions in direction of tumor development, relapse and metastasis by releasing O2, elevating ROS half-life [15], breaking redox stability [32], blocking migration pathway [33], and so on. MnO2-BSA is anticipated to mitigate the hypoxic microenvironment and liberate the hypoxia-induced imprisonment to IRT since Mn-based nanoparticles have been extensively accepted to supply O2, produce large ROS and even monitor therapy course of through Fenton-like reactions, just like Fe-based nanoparticles [23, 28]. To analyze how such IRT radiosensitizers-unlocked radiogenetics rework hypoxic and immunosuppressive microenvironments, tumor microenvironments after totally different remedies had been additional investigated to investigate the antitumor ideas through immunofluorescence (IF) and immunohistochemical (IHC) staining. HIF-1α-positive indicators are drastically decreased after therapy with both MnO2-BSA or 131I-MnO2-BSA (Fig. 3i, j), validating that MnO2-BSA certainly reacts with H2O2 and induces H2O2 decomposition into O2 to efficiently mitigate hypoxia.

Hypoxia mitigation additionally advantages immunosuppressive microenvironment modulation and reinforces immunity [34,35,36]. Persistently, MnO2-containing teams, i.e., G3 monotherapy and G4 mixed remedy, are discovered to considerably increase the proportion of CTLs compared to G1, whereby the mixed one outperforms different teams (Fig. 3i, okay). This end result implies that O2 release-mitigated hypoxia microenvironment is anticipated to considerably propel T cell infiltrations into RT-treated tumors. Moreover, we explored the influences of hypoxia mitigation arising from MnO2-BSA on regulatory T cells (Tregs, marker Foxp3) and TAMs (marker F4/80) as a result of these cells function the immunosuppressive milieu to inhibit CTL infiltration and facilitate tumor development [13, 37]. Earlier research have confirmed that hypoxic TME and radiation can promote the recruitment of Tregs into tumors and drive TAM differentiation into pro-tumorigenic M2 phenotype [34,35,36]. Intriguingly, each MnO2-BSA and 131I-MnO2-BSA remedies robustly lower the proportion of Foxp3-positive Treg cells (Fig. 3i, l), leading to a considerably-increased CTL/Treg ratio, particularly in mice handled with 131I-MnO2-BSA (Fig. 3m).

Furthermore, MnO2-BSA alone and 131I-MnO2-BSA drastically cut back the inhabitants of TAMs within the tumors (Fig. 3i, n). Extra considerably, the variety of M2-phetotype TAMs (marker CD206) considerably declines after therapy with 131I-MnO2-BSA compared to G1 (management) and G3 (131I alone) teams, signifying that 131I-MnO2-BSA therapy allows M2-type TAMs to polarize into M1-type ones (Fig. 3i, o), which is in step with a earlier research [16].

131I-MnO2-BSA for reinforcing ICD activation

Subsequently, we explored whether or not such IRT radiosensitizers-unlocked radiogenetics might induce ICD after magnifying the systematic immune responses. Herein, calreticulin (CRT) and excessive mobility group field 1 (HMGB1) which might be generally known as the standard hallmarkers of ICD had been inspected [38, 39]. 131I-MnO2-BSA considerably up-regulates the expression of CRT on cell floor, suggesting that 131I-MnO2-BSA therapy certainly induced ICD. The general expression of HMGB1 present no apparent alterations between G1 and both G3 or G4, which might be ascribed to that 131I-MnO2-BSA therapy merely permits HMGB1 to translocate from nucleus to cytosol (Extra file 1: Fig. S4a, c). Coincidently, all of those modulations can result in the elevated secretions and births of some pro-inflammatory cytokines equivalent to interferon gamma (IFN-γ) and tumor necrosis issue alpha (TNF-α) that additionally play essential roles within the cytotoxic capabilities of CTLs (Extra file 1: Fig. S4b, d). Furthermore, 131I-MnO2-BSA therapy is discovered to barely cut back the expression of IL10 secreted by M2 macrophages, which not directly mirror M2-type TAMs decline and immunosuppressive microenvironment mitigation, which is in accordance with a earlier report (Extra file 1: Fig. S4b, d) [24].

Unexpectedly, the expression of PD-L1 on 4T1 tumors is promoted by 131I-MnO2-BSA–unlocked radiogenetics in comparison with different teams (Fig. 4a). Immune ligand overexpression on tumor cells sensitizes these tumor cells to their associated antibodies, and enhances the antitumor responses to associated ICB-based antitumor immunity [40]. This phenomenon supplies us a particular perception into the IRT-activated immune responses and evokes us to develop the mixed remedy with ICB (i.e., 131I-MnO2-BSA and anti-PD-L1) to repress distant tumors.

Fig. 4
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Mixed IRT-ICB remedy for inhibiting metastatic tumor utilizing such Mn-based radiosensitizers-activated systematic immune responses on the bilateral 4T1 tumor-bearing mice. a Immunohistochemical photos of tumor slices to point out the expression ranges of PD-L1 on tumor cells collected from mice. b Schematic of experimental procedures on the abscopal bilateral 4T1 tumor mannequin for IRT-ICB remedy. c, d Main (c) and distant (d) tumor development curves of mice after remedies with anti-PD-L1, 131I-MnO2-BSA and 131I-MnO2-BSA + anti-PD-L1. e, f Tumor weights (e) and consultant digital photographs (f) of main and distant dissected tumors harvested from mice after 14 days post-various remedies (G1–G4). g Immunofluorescence photos of main and distant tumor slices stained with anti-CD8 antibody after 14 days post-corresponding remedies in each Management and 131I-MnO2-BSA + anti-PD-L1 teams. P values had been calculated by ANOVA (***P < 0.001). Information are expressed as imply ± SD (n = 5). G1–G4 characterize Management, Anti-PD-L1, 131I-MnO2-BSA and 131I-MnO2-BSA + Anti-PD-L1, respectively. Dose: 500 µCi

Mixed IRT with ICB to inhibit the distant tumors

Impressed by above radiogenetics-enabled PD-L1 up-regulation, IRT mixture with ICB was anticipated to additional generate DAMPs and TAAs and activate systematic immune responses to repress metastatic tumors. To evaluate the anti-metastatic results, a bilateral 4T1 tumor-bearing mouse mannequin was established to determine whether or not the synergistic impact of 131I-MnO2-BSA and anti-PD-L1-based ICB can repress tumor metastasis through potentiating systematic immune responses (Fig. 4b).

Anti-PD-L1 remedy alone has been discovered to inhibit each the first and distant tumors to some extent, however the antitumor outcomes are inadequate. Though native 131I-MnO2-BSA injection is ready to destroy main tumors, it has no apparent affect on distant tumors (Fig. 4c, d and Extra file 1: Fig. S5a, b). In distinction, mixed IRT and anti-PD-L1-mediated ICB leads to a considerably-elevated antitumor exercise, which not solely distinctly kills the first tumor but in addition destroys the distant tumor (Fig. 4c, d and Extra file 1: Fig. S5a, b). The common tumor weight and the consultant photos of dissected tumor present that the tumor weight and quantity in mice handled with 131I-MnO2-BSA plus anti-PD-L1 are a lot decrease than these in different teams. These compelling evidences adequately point out the superb antitumor and anti-metastasis efficiency of IRT-ICB through activating immune reminiscence results (Fig. 4e, f). No considerable physique weight variations between both two teams suggest no apparent unintended effects of this therapy technique (Extra file 1: Fig. S5c). To find out the anti-metastasis mechanism, distant 4T1 tumors at management group and IRT-ICB teams had been harvested, and the degrees of infiltrated CTLs in distant tumors had been examined by immunofluorescence staining. Outcome exhibits that the proportion of CTLs in 131I-MnO2-BSA plus anti-PD-1 group is far increased than that in management group, which uncovers that the immune reminiscence effect-enabled CTLs infiltrations in distant tumors are chargeable for the significantly-elevated anti-metastasis results (Fig. 4g).

Generality of such Mn-based radiosensitizers-unlocked radiogenetics

To validate the activated systematic immune responses produced by such Mn-based radiosensitizers-unlocked radiogenetics, one other tumor mannequin (i.e., CT26) was used, and outcomes an identical to these present in above 4T1 mannequin had been acquired. Intimately, the Mn-based radiosensitizers present vital CT26 cell killing results (Extra file 1: Fig. S6) and repress tumor development with out altering mouse physique weights (Extra file 1: Fig. S7a). That is attributed to the activation of systematic immune responses particularly after combining with anti-PD-L1 remedy (Fig. 5a–c), e.g., antitumor cytokine secretion elevation (Fig. 5d), matured antigen-presenting cell enhance (Fig. 5e, f), CD8+ effector T infiltrations recruitment (Fig. 5g, h), and Tegs (Fig. 5i, j) and immunosuppressive M2-type macrophage (Fig. 5okay, l) decreases. Within the bilateral CT26 tumor-bearing mouse mannequin, an identical outcomes are obtained, as such IRT radiosensitizers outperform different teams with respect to main tumor recession (Extra file 1: Fig. S8a–e) with out influencing mouse physique weights (Extra file 1: Fig. S7b). Extra considerably, 131I-MnO2-BSA radiosensitizers additionally carry out the most effective in repressing the distant (or metastatic) tumors (Extra file 1: Fig. S8b, d, f) since they efficiently activate the systematic immune responses related to the will increase in CD45+ (Extra file 1: Fig. S9a, c), CD8+ (Extra file 1: Fig. S9b, d) and IFN-γ and TNF-α (Extra file 1: Fig. S9e) when mixed with ICB. These compelling and memorable outcomes adequately validate the generality of such Mn-based radiosensitizers-unlocked radiogenetics.

Fig. 5
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In vivo antitumor evaluations utilizing 131I-MnO2-BSA on CT26-bearing mice mannequin. a Digital photographs of CT26 tumor-bearing mice that skilled totally different remedies on the finish of experimental interval, dose: 500 µCi; b Tumor development curves of every mouse in numerous teams equivalent to management, MnO2-BSA, free 131I and 131I-MnO2-BSA (dose: 500 µCi). c Time-dependent relative tumor quantity variations of CT26 tumor-bearing mice experiencing corresponding remedies in numerous teams together with management, MnO2-BSA, free 131I and 131I-MnO2-BSA (dose: 500 µCi), the place tumor volumes had been normalized to preliminary values (V/V0). Information are imply ± SD (n = 5). d ELISA-determined secretion ranges of INF-γ and TNF-α in serum harvested from CT26-bearing mice that skilled totally different remedies with management, MnO2-BSA, free 131I and 131I-MnO2-BSA. el FCM patterns and corresponding statistical knowledge of matured dendritic cells (CD80+CD86+) (e, f), CD3+CD8+CTLs (g, h), Tregs (i, j), CD206+CD11b+F4/80+(M2 macrophages) (okay, l) in tumors harvested from CT26-bearing mice that skilled totally different remedies with G1–G4. Values are represented as imply ± SD (n = 3). G1–G4 characterize Management, MnO2-BSA, free 131I and 131I-MnO2-BSA therapy, respectively. P values had been calculated by ANOVA (**P < 0.01 and ***P < 0.001). Dose: 500 µCi

Within the biosafety analysis, the negligible variations of liver and kidney perform indexes counsel that this IRT-ICB mixture remedy fails to induce liver or kidney dysfunctions (Extra file 1: Fig. S10). Furthermore, no clinically significant adjustments are discovered between the IRT-ICB teams and management teams together with routine blood and biochemical indicators (Extra file 1: Fig. S10). Considerably, histological evaluation of the primary organs reveals no gross pathological adjustments (Extra file 1: Fig. S11). Taken collectively, IRT-ICB therapy might be thought to be a possible treatment for scientific purposes. These inspiring outcomes denote that 131I-MnO2-BSA maintain excessive scientific translation potential since their parts (i.e., 131I and BSA) have been utilized in clinics and MnO2 additionally share excessive biosafety particularly in acidic tumor microenvironment due to dissolution into Mn2+ [23, 24].

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