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    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CELLS ; carcinoma ; Germany ; LUNG ; THERAPY ; TOOL ; TIME ; resistance ; INITIATION ; pancreas ; RE ; pancreatic ; rectum ; viability ; MOLECULAR ANALYSIS ; tumour specimen ; surgical resection ; rectum carcinoma
    Abstract: Surgical resected tumours are often stored for hours in the clinic upon transfer to the bench leading to apoptosis of tumour cells making them no longer suitable for molecular analysis and diagnostic procedures. The way out of this problem may be a new oxygen-enriched solution (OES). We tested this agent using surgical resections of carcinomas of lung, rectum and pancreas. Immediately after resection, one part of each individual tumour was stored in PBS and the other part in OES, and the content of viable or dead cells was determined by trypan blue exclusion and MTT-assay. We found that OES keeps tumour cells up to 3 days and longer more viable than PBS and reduces the percentage of dead cells without inducing therapy resistance and affecting the outcome of experimental procedures. Thus, storing freshly resected tumours in OES may save time for tumour transfer and initiation of experiments
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16596178
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    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; IN-VITRO ; carcinoma ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; THERAPY ; VITRO ; GENE ; GENES ; LINES ; MICE ; PATIENT ; IMPACT ; INDUCTION ; treatment ; 5-FLUOROURACIL ; prevention ; resistance ; AGE ; NUDE-MICE ; CELL-LINE ; chemotherapy ; LINE ; CARCINOMAS ; specificity ; CISPLATIN ; pancreatic cancer ; CANCER-THERAPY ; CYTOTOXICITY ; signaling ; GEMCITABINE ; RE ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; cancer therapy ; pancreatic ; GENDER ; dexamethasone ; GLUCOCORTICOID-INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; NAUSEA ; HISTOLOGY ; in vivo ; surgical resection
    Abstract: Background: Chemotherapy for pancreatic carcinoma often has severe side effects that limit its efficacy. The glucocorticoid (GC) dexamethasone (DEX) is frequently used as co-treatment to prevent side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, for palliative purposes and to treat allergic reactions. While the potent pro-apoptotic properties and the supportive effects of GCs to tumour therapy in lymphoid cells are well studied, the impact of GCs to cytotoxic treatment of pancreatic carcinoma is unknown. Methods: A prospective study of DEX-mediated resistance was performed using a pancreatic carcinoma xenografted to nude mice, 20 surgical resections and 10 established pancreatic carcinoma cell lines. Antiapoptotic signaling in response to DEX was examined by Western blot analysis. Results: In vitro, DEX inhibited drug-induced apoptosis and promoted the growth in all of 10 examined malignant cells. Ex vivo, DEX used in physiological concentrations significantly prevented the cytotoxic effect of gemcitabine and cisplatin in 18 of 20 freshly isolated cell lines from resected pancreatic tumours. No correlation with age, gender, histology, TNM and induction of therapy resistance by DEX co-treatment could be detected. In vivo, DEX totally prevented cytotoxicity of chemotherapy to pancreatic carcinoma cells xenografted to nude mice. Mechanistically, DEX upregulated pro-survival factors and anti-apoptotic genes in established pancreatic carcinoma cells. Conclusion: These data show that DEX induces therapy resistance in pancreatic carcinoma cells and raise the question whether GC-mediated protection of tumour cells from cancer therapy may be dangerous for patients
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16539710
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    Keywords: brain ; APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; GROWTH ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; THERAPY ; screening ; TISSUE ; LINES ; PATIENT ; MECHANISM ; CONTRAST ; CELL-LINES ; treatment ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; resistance ; INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; CERVIX ; metastases ; CELL-LINE ; chemotherapy ; LINE ; MELANOMA ; RESECTION ; CISPLATIN ; cell lines ; CANCER-THERAPY ; LUNG-CARCINOMA ; neuroblastoma ; signaling ; MALIGNANT-CELLS ; RE ; cancer therapy ; SOLID TUMORS ; dexamethasone ; NAUSEA ; corticosteroids ; GLUCOCORTICOIDS ; prospective ; BONE ; EXTENT ; clinical studies ; surgical resection ; steroids
    Abstract: Glucocorticoids (GCs) such as dexamethasone (DEX) have been widely used as co-medication in cancer therapy because they have potent proapoptotic properties in lymphoid cells, can reduce nausea, and alleviate acute toxic effects in healthy tissue. However, GCs are used in a supportive-care role, even though no prospective clinical studies have assessed the effect of these steroids on the growth of solid tumours. Data from preclinical and, to some extent, clinical studies, suggest that GCs induce treatment resistance in some solid tumours. Since it is unknown whether GC-induced resistance occurs only occasionally or is a more common phenomenon, we performed a screening study using several established cell lines from bone, brain, breast and cervix carcinoma as well as melanoma and neuroblastoma together with fresh surgical resections from patients with breast cancer. We found that DEX inhibits cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil- induced apoptosis and promotes the growth of the majority of examined malignant cells. In contrast, and as expected, DEX acted pro-apoptotically and promoted the cytotoxic effect of chemotherapy in established and primary lymphoid cells. Thus, these data demonstrate the need for detailed molecular studies to clarify the mechanism of differential glucocorticoid signaling as well as controlled, prospective clinical studies
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17016664
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    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; IN-VITRO ; SURVIVAL ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; THERAPY ; VITRO ; VIVO ; DENSITY ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; LINES ; MICE ; PATIENT ; IMPACT ; INDUCTION ; CELL-LINES ; treatment ; BREAST-CANCER ; prevention ; resistance ; PLASMA ; ovarian cancer ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; NUDE-MICE ; CELL-LINE ; chemotherapy ; LINE ; CANCER-CELLS ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; CARCINOMAS ; ovarian carcinoma ; CANCER PATIENTS ; cell lines ; CANCER-THERAPY ; protein expression ; ONCOLOGY ; RE ; TUMOR-GROWTH ; cancer therapy ; EX-VIVO ; LEVEL ; PLASMA-LEVELS ; dexamethasone ; NAUSEA ; OVARIAN CARCINOMAS ; corticosteroids ; GLUCOCORTICOIDS ; in vivo ; OVARIAN ; viability ; xenograft
    Abstract: The glucocorticoid dexamethasone is frequently used as a co-treatment in cytotoxic cancer therapy, e.g. to prevent nausea, to protect normal tissue or for other reasons. While the potent pro-apoptotic properties and supportive effects of glucocorticoids to tumour therapy in lymphoid cells are well studied, the impact on the cytotoxic treatment of ovarian carcinoma is unknown. We tested apoptosis-induction, viability, tumour growth and protein expression using established cell lines, primary cell lines freshly isolated from patient material and a xenograft on nude mice. We found a general induction of resistance toward cytotoxic therapy by DEX-co-treatment in most of the examined ovarian cancer cells treated in vitro, ex vivo or in vivo. Resistance occured independently of cell density and was found at peak plasma levels of dexamethasone and below. Mechanistically, the dexamethasone-induced expression of survival genes may be involved in the resistance. These data show that glucocorticoid-induced resistance is common in ovarian carcinomas implicating that the use of glucocorticoids may be harmful for cancer patients
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16391812
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