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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Oncology, January 2002, Vol.20(1), pp.97-106
    Description: Valproic acid (VPA) has been shown to induce growth-arrest and differentiation of human neuroectodermal tumors similarly to several other fatty acids. In the present study, we show that continuous VPA treatment together with Interferon-α (INF-α) synergistically inhibited cell growth of a well-established model of neuroblastoma (NB) differentiation using the human N-myc amplified cell line BE(2)-C. Suppression of tumor growth was accompanied by morphological features of neuronal differentiation and inhibition of histone deacetylase activity. Furthermore, induction of differentiation was concomitant with altered expression of genes related to malignant phenotype such as down-regulation of N-myc, induction of bcl-2 and neural cell adhesion molecule. Production of inhibitors of angiogenesis like thrombospondin-1 and activin A was up-regulated in differentiated NB cells. Treatment with VPA alone decreased the ability of BE(2)-C cells to adhere to and penetrate human endothelium. All these effects of VPA were significantly enhanced when combined with INF-α which on its own had little or no effect. These results suggest that combination of VPA and INF-α may provide a novel therapeutic strategy for NB due to enhanced inhibition of tumor cell growth, induction of tumor differentiation and suppression of malignant biology by reduced angiogenic and decreased metastatic potentials.
    Keywords: Antineoplastic Agents -- Therapeutic Use ; Brain Neoplasms -- Drug Therapy ; Cell Differentiation -- Drug Effects ; Enzyme Inhibitors -- Therapeutic Use ; Interferon-Alpha -- Therapeutic Use ; Neuroblastoma -- Drug Therapy ; Valproic Acid -- Therapeutic Use;
    ISSN: 1019-6439
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    In: Anti-Cancer Drugs, 2001, Vol.12(5), pp.467-473
    Description: Treatment failure in most neuroblastoma (NB) patients is related to primary and/or acquired resistance to conventional chemotherapeutic agents. Aphidicolin (APH), a tetracyclic diterpene, exhibits specific cytotoxic action against NB cells. The purpose of this study was to compare antitumoral efficacy of APH in parental NB cell lines and cell subclones that exhibit drug resistance to vincristine (VCR), doxorubicin (DOX) and cisplatin. Due to poor solubility of APH in water, γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD) inclusion complexes of APH were used for systemic treatment of xenotransplanted parental and VCR-resistant UKF-NB-3 tumours. APH and its γ-CD inclusion complexes inhibited growth of parental and drug-resistant NB cells at equimolar doses in vitro. Growth of VCR-sensitive and -resistant NB tumors was inhibited at equal doses in a dose-dependent fashion in vivo. These results indicate that the specific cytotoxic activity of APH against NB cells in vitro and in vivo is independent of cellular mechanisms facilitating drug resistance to conventional chemotherapeutic drugs. Hence, taking into account our previous findings that APH acts synergistically with VCR and DOX, APH might be an additive tool for the therapy of NB and is suitable for evaluation in clinical studies of NB treatment protocols.
    Keywords: Aphidicolin -- Therapeutic Use ; Cell Survival -- Drug Effects ; Cyclodextrins -- Pharmacology ; Enzyme Inhibitors -- Therapeutic Use ; Neuroblastoma -- Drug Therapy ; Tumor Cells, Cultured -- Drug Effects;
    ISSN: 0959-4973
    E-ISSN: 14735741
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    In: Anti-Cancer Drugs, 2000, Vol.11(5), pp.369-376
    Description: Bovine seminal ribonuclease (BS-RNase) is a protein with a number of biological effects. It shows antitumoral, aspermatogenic, antiembryonic, immunosuppressive and antiviral properties. The cytotoxic effects appear to be specific for tumor cells as non-malignant cells seem to be unaffected in vitro. Unfortunately, the in vivo application of BS-RNase so far was successful only when it was administered intratumorally. Therefore, the objective of the present investigation was to improve the properties of BS-RNase by attachment to nanoparticles made of polylactic acid (PLA-NP) using an adsorption method. This preparation was tested in vitro against leukemia (MOLT-4) and lymphoma (H9) cell lines sensitive and resistant to cytarabine. No difference between the nanoparticle preparation and pure BS-RNase was found in these tests. To examine the in vivo effects, the preparations were tested for their aspermatogenic and antiembryonal efficacy compared to the pure BS-RNase as a rapid test for antitumoral activity. The aspermatogenic and antiembryonal effects were enhanced by the nanoparticle preparation. Consequently, BS-RNase loaded adsorptively to PLA-NP holds promise for the in vivo use as an antitumoral agent. Further research will investigate the efficacy of this preparations in an in vivo tumor model.
    Keywords: Antineoplastic Agents -- Pharmacology ; Endoribonucleases -- Pharmacology ; Leukemia -- Drug Therapy ; Lymphoma -- Drug Therapy ; Tumor Cells, Cultured -- Drug Effects;
    ISSN: 0959-4973
    E-ISSN: 14735741
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    In: Anti-Cancer Drugs, 2000, Vol.11(6), pp.479-485
    Description: Disseminated neuroblastoma diseases are still indicated by a poor outcome despite treatment regimens including radiation therapy and high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue. Therefore, new substances and treatment regimens are of interest. Aphidicolin (APH), a tetracyclic diterpene antibiotic produced by Cephalosporium aphidicola, has a specific toxicity for neuroblastoma cells. Furthermore, it was shown to enhance the effects of X-ray radiation and chemotherapy on malignant cells. To find new substances, 20 APH derivatives were tested for their anti-neuroblastoma efficacy in vitro in UKF-NB-2 cells. Five derivatives had antitumoral activity in neuroblastoma cells. A relationship between the structure and the antitumoral efficacy showed that the hydroxyl groups at C-3 and C-18 are essential for the antitumoral effects. Furthermore, antitumoral effects of APH in combination with doxorubicin and vincristine, both part of commonly used treatment regimens for disseminated neuroblastoma diseases, were tested in the neuroblastoma cell line UKF-NB-2. APH was found to act synergistically with vincristine and synergistically to additive with doxorubicin depending on the molecular ratio of the substances in combination. This may offer the chance to use APH and its derivatives as additional tools in the treatment of neuroblastomas.
    Keywords: Antineoplastic Agents -- Pharmacology ; Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic -- Pharmacology ; Aphidicolin -- Pharmacology ; Cell Survival -- Drug Effects ; Doxorubicin -- Pharmacology ; Enzyme Inhibitors -- Pharmacology ; Neuroblastoma -- Drug Therapy ; Tumor Cells, Cultured -- Drug Effects ; Vincristine -- Pharmacology;
    ISSN: 0959-4973
    E-ISSN: 14735741
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