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  • 1
    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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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 16 July 1999, Vol.96(14), pp.7768-7773
    Description: Monomeric human pancreatic RNase, devoid of any biological activity other than its RNA degrading ability, was engineered into a dimeric protein with a cytotoxic action on mouse and human tumor cells, but lacking any appreciable toxicity on mouse and human normal cells. This dimeric variant of human pancreas RNase selectively sensitizes to apoptotic death cells derived from a human thyroid tumor. Because of its selectivity for tumor cells, and because of its human origin, this protein represents a potentially very attractive, novel tool for anticancer therapy.
    Keywords: Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Physical sciences -- Chemistry -- Chemical compounds ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Diseases ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Genetics ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Diseases ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Physical sciences -- Physics -- Microphysics ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology
    ISSN: 00278424
    E-ISSN: 10916490
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Oncology, October 2005, Vol.27(4), pp.1029-1037
    Description: Acquisition of P-gp-mediated multidrug-resistance does not always correlate with observed malignant behavior of NB. To characterize alterations accompanying development of multidrug-resistance in NB we established two neuroblastoma cell sublines resistant to vincristine (UKF-NB-3rVCR10) and doxorubicin (UKF-NB-3rDOX20). UKF-NB-3rVCR10 and UKF-NB-3rDOX20 overexpressed functional P-gp and developed an increased malignant phenotype: presented constitutive phosphorylation of AKT, resistance to γ-irradiation, and had increased survival in serum-free medium. Inhibition of P-gp restored chemosensitivity but did not affect increased survival in serum-free medium and sensitivity to γ-irradiation. Inhibition of AKT had no influence on chemoresistance but restored sensitivity to serum starvation. Both resistant cell lines acquired additional chromosomal changes. UKF-NB-3rVCR10 cells acquired a missense P53 mutation in exon 5, an increased MYCN amplification, an enhanced adhesion to endothelium, a decreased NCAM expression, a distinctly higher clonogenicity, and an increased in vivo tumorigenicity. We conclude that acquisition of increased malignant behavior in neuroblastoma occurs concomitantly with multidrug-resistance and is P-gp-independent.
    Keywords: Drug Resistance, Multiple ; Drug Resistance, Neoplasm ; ATP Binding Cassette Transporter, Subfamily B, Member 1 -- Metabolism ; Neuroblastoma -- Pathology;
    ISSN: 1019-6439
    E-ISSN: 17912423
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Journal of biomedical materials research. Part B, Applied biomaterials, November 2008, Vol.87(2), pp.415-24
    Description: A new composite scaffold containing type I collagen, hyaluronan, and fibrin was prepared with and without autologous chondrocytes and implanted into a rabbit femoral trochlea. The biophysical properties of the composite scaffold were similar to native cartilage. The macroscopic, histological, and immunohistochemical analysis of the regenerated tissue from cell-seeded scaffolds was performed 6 weeks after the implantation and predominantly showed formation of hyaline cartilage accompanied by production of glycosaminoglycans and type II collagen with minor fibro-cartilage production. Implanted scaffolds without cells healed predominantly as fibro-cartilage, although glycosaminoglycans and type II collagen, which form hyaline cartilage, were also observed. On the other hand, fibro-cartilage or fibrous tissue or both were only formed in the defects without scaffold. The new composite scaffold containing collagen type I, hyaluronan, and fibrin, seeded with autologous chondrocytes and implanted into rabbit femoral trochlea, was found to be highly effective in cartilage repair after only 6 weeks. The new composite scaffold can therefore enhance cartilage regeneration of osteochondral defects, by the supporting of the hyaline cartilage formation.
    Keywords: Chondrocytes ; Collagen Type I ; Fibrin ; Hyaluronic Acid ; Prostheses and Implants ; Knee Injuries -- Surgery
    ISSN: 15524973
    E-ISSN: 1552-4981
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Cancer Letters, 2007, Vol.250(1), pp.107-116
    Description: The efficacy of Onconase on the growth of a panel of chemosensitive and chemoresistant neuroblastoma cell lines was investigated. Onconase decreased cell viability of chemosensitive (IMR-32, UKF-NB-3) and chemoresistant neuroblastoma cell lines characterised by high expression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) (UKF-NB-3 DOX ) or by high P-gp expression in combination with mutated p53 (UKF-NB-3 VCR , Be(2)-C), in a similar manner. Moreover, Onconase caused cell cycle block in G1 phase and induced caspase-independent cell death. Transmission electron microscope investigations suggested that Onconase-induced autophagy contributes to Onconase-induced cell death. Antitumour activity of Onconase against naïve and drug-resistant neuroblastoma xenografts was confirmed in animals.
    Keywords: Onconase ; Neuroblastoma ; Multi-Drug-Resistance ; P-Glycoprotein ; P53 ; Medicine
    ISSN: 0304-3835
    E-ISSN: 1872-7980
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Molecular pharmacology, March 2004, Vol.65(3), pp.520-7
    Description: Valproic acid (VPA) is a widely used antiepileptic agent that is undergoing clinical evaluation for anticancer therapy. We assessed the effects of VPA on angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo. In human umbilical vein endothelial cells, therapeutically relevant concentrations of VPA (0.25 to 1 mM) inhibited proliferation, migration, and tube formation. VPA 1 mM inhibited endothelial cell proliferation by 51 +/- 5%, migration by 86 +/- 11%, and tube formation by 82 +/- 3%. These changes were preceded by the hyperacetylation of histone H4, indicating the inhibition of histone deacetylase (HDAC), and a decreased expression of the endothelial nitric-oxide synthase (eNOS). The inhibition of endothelial cell tube formation by VPA was prevented by addition of the nitric oxide donor (Z)-1-[2-(2-aminoethyl)-N-(2-ammonioethyl)amino]diazen-1-ium-1,2-diolate (DETA NONOate). The anticonvulsive active VPA derivative 2-ethyl-4-methylpentanoic acid, which does not inhibit HDAC, did not affect endothelial cell proliferation, tube formation, or eNOS expression. VPA was also found to inhibit angiogenesis in vivo in the chicken chorioallantoic membrane assay and in a Matrigel plug assay in mice. Embryos from VPA-treated mice showed disturbed vessel formation. These results indicate that therapeutic plasma levels of VPA inhibit angiogenesis by a mechanism involving a decrease in eNOS expression preceded by HDAC inhibition.
    Keywords: Angiogenesis Inhibitors -- Pharmacology ; Endothelium, Vascular -- Drug Effects ; Neovascularization, Physiologic -- Drug Effects ; Valproic Acid -- Pharmacology
    ISSN: 0026-895X
    E-ISSN: 15210111
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Antiviral Research, 1997, Vol.33(3), pp.165-175
    Description: An l -glutamine antagonist, 6-diazo-5-oxo- l -norleucin ( l -DON), inhibits replication of vesicular stomatitis virus, poliovirus and paramyxoviruses in cultured cells. We tested the antiviral activity of l -DON against different strains of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in Vero cells. In the presence of a physiological plasma concentration of l -glutamine (0.5 mM) l -Don inhibited 50% production of virus plaques at concentrations ranging from 7.9 to 16 μ M. At concentrations of 40 μ M l -Don inhibited infectious virus yield by 99%. The antiviral activity of l -DON decreased with increasing l -glutamine concentrations. A concentration of 5000 μ M of l -Don had no significant effects on the viability of Vero cells. Transmission electron microscopical investigations showed that l -DON prevented mainly envelopment of viral nucleocapsids in the cytoplasm. The immunoprecipitation experiments demonstrated selective inhibition of synthesis of HSV-1 glycoproteins in l -DON treated cells. The results showed that l -DON inhibits HSV-1 replication at a late stage in the virus replication cycle, probably the cytoplasmic maturation of virions and subsequent virion egress from the cells.
    Keywords: Hsv ; Acyclovir ; 6-Diazo-5-Oxo- L-Norleucin ; Virus-Resistance ; Medicine ; Biology
    ISSN: 0166-3542
    E-ISSN: 1872-9096
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Cancer Letters, 1993, Vol.70(1), pp.15-24
    Description: Sodium phenylacetate (NaPA) at concentrations ranging from 2 to 6 mM stimulated morphological differentiation of two human neuroblastoma cell lines IMR-32 and UKF-NB-3. These concentrations inhibited growth and DNA synthesis of the cells in a dose dependent manner without significant effect on cell viability. The differentiated cells showed pseudoganglia formation and extension of cellular processes. The morphological differentiation in both cell lines was accompanied by decreased expression of N- myc oncoprotein. These results suggest that NaPA at concentrations, which have been achieved in humans with no significant adverse effects, promotes differentiation of cultured human neuroblastoma cells in association with the reduced expression of the malignant phenotype.
    Keywords: Neuroblastoma ; Differentiation ; Phenylacetate ; Retinoic Acid ; N- Myc ; Medicine
    ISSN: 0304-3835
    E-ISSN: 1872-7980
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Cell Biology International, April 1994, Vol.18(4), pp.271-278
    Description: The effects of aphidicolin, a specific inhibitor of DNA polymerase alpha, on cell growth, DNA synthesis and myogenic differentiation in the human alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma cell line KFR were studied. The treatment with aphidicolin at 5 x 10(-6) M concentration, which completely inhibited DNA synthesis and cell growth, induced morphological differentiation of small mononuclear cells to elongated, multinucleated (myotube-like) structures. The morphological differentiation was accompanied by the expression of skeletal muscle myosin; about 30% myosin-positive cells were observed after 14 days of treatment, compared to 2.3% in untreated cultures. The results showed that aphidicolin induces differentiation of human rhabdomyosarcoma cells and that multinucleated myotube-like elements may develop simply by cell fusion without cell division and DNA synthesis.
    Keywords: Biology
    ISSN: 1065-6995
    E-ISSN: 1095-8355
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: Cancer Letters, 1992, Vol.67(2), pp.199-206
    Description: Aphidicolin is a tetracyclic diterpene antibiotic which is known to inhibit the growth of eucaryotic cells by reversible binding to DNA polymerase alpha without significant effect on cell viability in most common human cell lines. We observed that aphidicolin at a concentration of 5 x 10(-7) M kills all cells of four human neuroblastoma cell lines. In contrast, viability of normal human embryonal cells and of human continuous cell lines including HeLa, H9, A549 and Caco-2 was influenced only moderately by aphidicolin. In addition, neuroblastoma cells were killed after treatment with 5 x 10(-7) M aphidicolin in cocultures with normal embryonal cells which continued to proliferate after removal of aphidicolin. These results show that aphidicolin provides an agent which selectively kills neuroblastoma cells in vitro.
    Keywords: Aphidicolin ; Neuroblastoma Cells ; Cell Killing ; Medicine
    ISSN: 0304-3835
    E-ISSN: 1872-7980
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