Esterase-Sensitive and pH-Controlled Carbon Monoxide Prodrugs for Treating Systemic Inflammation

A bottleneck for developing CO-based therapeutics is the lack of a safe and controllable delivery form. Herein, we describe efforts toward organic CO prodrugs with dual-responsive endogenous triggers. One representative CO prodrug showed significant anti-inflammatory effects both in vitro and in a LPS-simulated systemic inflammation model. These results firmly establish such CO prodrugs as either research tools or candidate compounds for the treatment of systemic inflammation or inflammation related organ injuries.