Estrogen receptor affinity
Mammary tumor inhibiting activity in vivo and in vitro
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary Diethylstilbestrol (DES), diethylstilbestrol monophosphate (DES-MP) and diethylstilbestrol diphosphate (DES-DP) were tested for their estrogen receptor affinity, estrogenic potency and mammary tumor-inhibiting activity in vitro and in vivo. DES had a much higher receptor binding affinity than its mono-or diphosphate. All three compounds inhibited the growth of the hormone-dependent MCF-7 and hormone-independent MDA-MB 231 breast cancer line only at relatively high concentrations. The estrogenic potency in the immature mouse uterine weight test decreased in the order DES〉DES-MP≫DES-DP. The hormone-dependent MXT mammary tumor of the mouse was inhibited by all three compounds at a dosage of 1.0 mg/kg per week. At a dose of 0.01 mg/kg, DES, DES-MP, and DES-DP stimulated the tumor growth. Thus, for the first time, a biphasic effect on tumor growth was demonstrated in intact mature animals. As the effects of all three compounds were similar in this assay, a cleavage of the phosphate groups is likely. A decrease in estrogenic potency concomitant with a retained antitumor effect of DES-MP and DES-DP compared to DES was not demonstrable in the mature mouse using the MXT assay, only in the uterotrophic test in the immature mouse.
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