Pamidronate reduces skeletal morbidity in women with advanced breast cancer and lytic bone lesions: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Protocol 18 Aredia Breast Cancer Study Group. (1/66)

PURPOSE: To assess whether pamidronate can reduce the frequency of skeletal morbidity in women with lytic bone metastases from breast cancer treated with hormone therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three hundred seventy-two women with breast cancer who had at least one lytic bone lesion and who were receiving hormonal therapy were randomized to receive 90 mg of pamidronate or placebo as a 2-hour intravenous infusion given in double-blind fashion every 4 weeks for 24 cycles. Patients were evaluated for skeletal complications: pathologic fractures, spinal cord compression, irradiation of or surgery on bone, or hypercalcemia. The skeletal morbidity rate (the ratio of the number of skeletal complications to the time on trial) was the primary efficacy variable. Bone pain, use of analgesics, quality of life, performance status, bone tumor response, and biochemical parameters were also evaluated. RESULTS: One hundred eighty-two patients who received pamidronate and 189 who received placebo were assessable. The skeletal morbidity rate was significantly reduced at 12, 18, and 24 cycles in patients treated with 90 mg of pamidronate (P = .028, .023, and .008, respectively). At 24 cycles, the proportion of patients having had any skeletal complication was 56% in the pamidronate group and 67% in the placebo group (P = .027). The time to the first skeletal complication was longer for patients receiving pamidronate than for those given placebo (P = .049). There was no statistical difference in survival or in objective bone response rate. Pamidronate was well tolerated. CONCLUSION: Treatment with 90 mg of pamidronate as a 2-hour intravenous infusion every 4 weeks in addition to hormonal therapy significantly reduces skeletal morbidity from osteolytic metastases.  (+info)

Effects of anordrin, droloxifene, nomegestrol, and mifepristone on cultured rat luteal cell apoptosis. (2/66)

AIM: To study the effect of four kinds of antifertility agents anordrin(Ano), droloxifene(Dro), nomegestrol (Nom), and mifepristone (Mif) on luteal cell apoptosis. METHODS: Cultured rat luteal cells were incubated with different agents. HE stain was used to observe morphological changes. Extracted DNA was electrophoresed on agarose gel. Apoptotic cells were quantitated by flow cytometry. RESULTS: All 4 drugs reduced cell viability. Dro induced apoptosis while the other 3 drugs induced necrosis. Typical DNA ladders were observed after cells were incubated with Dro and there were 15.4%, 75.4%, or 90.5% apoptotic cells after treatment with Dro 1.25, 2.5, or 3.75 mg.L-1, respectively. CONCLUSION: Dro induced apoptosis while Ano, Nom, and Mif induced necrosis in cultured rat luteal cells.  (+info)

Significance of neuron-specific enolase levels before and during therapy for small cell lung cancer. (3/66)

The level of serum neuron-specific enolase (NSE) has been implicated as a prognostic factor for patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC). A prospective evaluation was undertaken to assess the prognostic significance of pretreatment NSE and treatment-induced minimum NSE values in patients with SCLC. Patients from two Phase III North Central Cancer Treatment Group trials [one for patients with extensive stage SCLC and one for patients with limited stage SCLC] were asked to enter this laboratory correlational trial. Both trials included treatment with four to six cycles of etoposide and cisplatin, and 121 patients (71 extensive stage SCLC and 50 limited stage SCLC) were entered into the present study of NSE. Pretreatment NSE values and treatment-induced minimum NSE values were independent predictors of time to progression and survival in multivariate analysis. Hazard rate modeling allowed the formulation of specific relationships of NSE to time to progression and survival. Pretreatment NSE levels inversely correlated with time to progression and survival in these patients with SCLC. Pretreatment NSE accounted for 28% of the variance in survival. Both pretreatment NSE and treatment-induced minimum NSE were independent prognostic predictors of time to progression and survival.  (+info)

Hormonal therapy with megestrol in inoperable hepatocellular carcinoma characterized by variant oestrogen receptors. (4/66)

Variant liver oestrogen receptor transcripts in hepatocellular carcinoma are associated with aggressive clinical course and unresponsiveness to tamoxifen. To evaluate the impact on survival and on tumour growth of megestrol (progestin drug acting at post-receptorial level) we enrolled 45 patients with HCC characterized by variant liver oestrogen receptors in a prospective, randomized study with megestrol vs. placebo. Presence of variant oestrogen receptors was determined by RT/PCR. 24 patients were randomized to no treatment and 21 to therapy with megestrol 160 mg day(-1). Results were analysed by Kaplan-Meier and Cox methods. Survival of hepatocellular carcinoma characterized by variant oestrogen receptors was extremely poor (median survival 7 months); megestrol significantly improved survival (18 months) (P = 0.0090). Tumour growth at one year was significantly slowed down in megestrol-treated patients (P = 0.0212). Bilirubin levels, presence of portal thrombosis, HBV aetiology and treatment were identified at univariate analysis as factors significantly associated with survival; at multivariate analysis, only megestrol therapy (P = 0.0003), presence of HBV infection (P = 0.0009) and presence of portal vein thrombosis (P = 0.0051) were factors independently related with survival. (1) Megestrol slows down the aggressive tumour growth of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma characterized by variant estrogen receptors and (2) is also able to favourably influence the course of disease, more than doubling median survival.  (+info)

Reversal effects of nomegestrol acetate on multidrug resistance in adriamycin-resistant MCF7 breast cancer cell line. (5/66)

BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy is important in the systematic treatment of breast cancer. To enhance the response of tumours to chemotherapy, attention has been focused on agents to reverse multidrug resistance (MDR) and on the sensitivity of tumour cells to chemical drugs. Hundreds of reversal drugs have been found in vitro, but their clinical application has been limited because of their toxicity. The reversal activity of progestogen compounds has been demonstrated. However, classical agents such as progesterone and megestrol (MG) also have high toxicity. Nomegestrol (NOM) belongs to a new derivation of progestogens and shows very low toxicity. We studied the reversal activity of NOM and compared it with that of verapamil (VRP), droloxifene (DRO), tamoxifen (TAM) and MG, and investigated the reversal mechanism, i.e. effects on the expression of the MDR1, glutathione S-transferase Pi (GSTpi), MDR-related protein (MRP) and topoisomerase IIalpha (TopoIIalpha) genes, as well as the intracellular drug concentration and the cell cycle. The aim of the study was to examine the reversal effects of NOM on MDR in MCF7/ADR, an MCF7 breast cancer cell line resistant to adriamycin (ADR), and its mechanism of action. METHODS: MCF7/ADR cells and MCF7/WT, an MCF7 breast cancer cell line sensitive to ADR, were treated with NOM as the acetate ester. With an assay based on a tetrazolium dye [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide; MTT], the effects of various concentrations of NOM on MDR in MCF7/ADR cells were studied. Before and after the treatment with 5 microM NOM, the expression of the MDR-related genes MDR1, GSTpi, TopoIIalpha and MRP were assayed with a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) immunocytochemistry assay. By using flow cytometry (FCM), we observed the intracellular ADR concentration and the effects of combined treatment with NOM and ADR on the cell cycle. Results collected were analysed with Student's t test. RESULTS: NOM significantly reversed MDR in MCF7/ADR cells. After treatment NOM at 20, 10 and 5 microM, chemosensitivity to ADR increased 21-fold, 12-fold and 8-fold, respectively. The reversal activity of NOM was stronger than that of the precursor compound MG, and comparable to that of VRP. After treatment with 5 microM NOM, the expression of both the MDR1 and the GSTpi mRNA genes began to decline on the second day (P <0.05 and P <0.01, respectively), and reached the lowest level on the third day (both P <0.01); however, on the fifth day the expression levels began to increase again (both P <0.05). The expression of MRP and TopoIIalpha had no significant changes. Changes in the expression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and GSTpi were similar to those of their mRNA expressions, showing early declines and late increases. Two hours after treatment with 20, 10 and 5 microM NOM, the intracellular ADR concentration increased 2.7-fold, 2.3-fold and 1.5-fold respectively. However, NOM did not increase ADR accumulation in MCF7/WT cells. FCM data showed that after 48 h of combined administration of NOM (20 microM) and ADR (from low to high concentration), MCF7/ADR cells showed a gradual arrest at the G2M phase with increasing ADR dose. The arrest effect with combined drug treatment was stronger than that with the single ADR treatment. CONCLUSION: MDR is the major mechanism of drug resistance in malignant tumour cells. To overcome MDR and to increase chemosensitivity, many reversal agents have been found. Most progestogen compounds have been demonstrated to have reversal effects, but we found no data on NOM, a new progestogen compound. Our results show that NOM has strong reversal activity. The reversal effects were stronger than those of the precursor compound, MG, and were comparable to that of VRP. Because NOM has low toxicity, it might have good prospects in clinical application. Using RT-PCR and immunocytochemistry assays, we studied the effects of NOM on MDR-related genes. The results were that NOM could markedly downregulate the mRNA and protein expression levels of MDR1 and GSTpi. TopoIIalpha and MRP gene expression showed no significant changes. It is known that P-gp induces MDR in tumour cells mainly by decreasing the intracellular drug concentration. After treatment with NOM, the intracellular drug concentration in MCF7/ADR cells increased significantly. Combined treatment with NOM and ADR induced arrest at the G2M phase. It is worth noting that NOM caused an early decrease and a late increase in the expression of some MDR-related genes in a time-dependent manner. The phenomena raise a question for the continued administration of reversal agents in clinics that merits further study. We demonstrate that NOM has strong reversal effects on MDR in MCF7/ADR cells. The reversal is via different routes, namely downregulating the mRNA and protein expression levels of MDR1 and GSTpi, increasing intracellular drug concentration and arresting cells at the G2M phase (NOM in combination with ADR). The reversal mechanism needs further study.  (+info)

Inhibitory effect of nomegestrol acetate on steroidogenesis of cultured granulosa cells from rat ovary in vitro. (6/66)

AIM: To study the effect of nomegestrol acetate, a new synthetic progesterone on granulosa cells' viability and steroidogenesis function. METHODS: Granulosa cells were cultured in McCoy's 5A medium. Trypan blue stain was used to measure viable cells. FSH and testosterone were added to stimulate the steroid secretion. Specific RIA assay was used to evaluate the estrogen and progesterone secretion respectively. RESULTS: IC50 of nomegestrol acetate to damage cells is 6.85 mg/L (95 % confidence limits 5.36-8.75 mg/L). Nomegestrol acetate 0.45, 0.9, and 1.8 mg/L greatly inhibited the estrogen secretion from granulosa cells by 7.6 %, 12.5 %, 28.3 % in the presence of testosterone 0.5 micromol/L and FSH 10 U/L without affecting the number of viable cells. The secretion of progesteron were markedly decreased by 44.5 %, 53.3 %, and 62.0 % concurrently. CONCLUSION: Nomegestrol acetate directly inhibited the steroidogenesis of granulosa cells.  (+info)


Studies of the effects of megestrol (6-methyl, 6-dehydro, 17alpha-acetoxy progesterone) on human subjects indicated that this drug is a potent, orally effective progestational agent. The progestational effect was enhanced by estrogen. When combined with ethinyl estradiol satisfactory control of menstrual function and inhibition of ovulation were achieved. Increasing doses of this combination were effective in four patients with endometriosis. Side effects of the drug were minimal. No toxic effects on adrenal, hepatic or hematopoietic function were noted.  (+info)

The effect of synthetic gestagens on progesterone formation in vitro in human placenta of early pregnancy. (8/66)

Villous tissue from 26 placentae of 7-17 weeks was incubated with radioactive pregnenolone alone and with pregnenolone in the presence of progesterone and 9 synthetic gestagenic steroids and the progesterone formation was measured after 30 min. When progesterone was present in a concentration of 31 or 310 mumol/1 the conversion rate of labelled pregnenolone to progesterone was reduced to 88.6 and 82.2% of that of the respective control incubations. Dydrogesterone, allyloestrenol, lynoestrenol and norethynodrel under similar conditions did not inhibit the formation of progesterone. The inhibitory effects of megoestrol acetate, medroxyprogesterone acetate and norgestrel were close to that of progesterone. Norethisterone and methyloestrenolone were the most effective inhibitors of progesterone formation: when incubated in an equimolar concentration (35 mumol/1) with pregnenolone (50 microgram) the progesterone formation was reduced to 60.0-62.7% and 29.1-34.0% respectively of that of the respective control experiments.  (+info)