Background: We studied the modulatory effects of 7-ethyl-10-hydroxy-camptothecin (SN-38), an active metabolite of 7-ethyl-10-[4-(1-piperidino)-1-piperidino] carbonyloxycamptothecin, on the antitumor activities of clinically important anticancer drugs including cisplatin (CDDP), 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), mitomycin C (MMC), etoposide (VP-16), and adriamycin (ADR). Materials and Methods: The HST-1 human carcinoma cells were treated with graded concentrations of these anticancer drugs either alone or in combination with IC50 concentration of SN-38, administered in several different treatment schedules, and antitumor activity was evaluated by the growth inhibition assay. Results: SN-38 potentiated the antitumor activity of CDDP in all schedules with a maximal effect observed with a simultaneous administration, while SN-38 enhanced the cytotoxicity of MMC, 5-FU, or VP-16 only in certain schedules. By contrast, SN-38 attenuated the anticancer effect of ADR in all schedules. Conclusions: These results demonstrate that SN-38 may have the advantage of augmenting the anticancer activity in combination with CDDP, MMC, 5-FU, and VP-16, depending on the schedule of administration, and should thus be incorporated into the design of a clinical trial for obtaining maximal therapeutic synergy.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research