American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Sensitivities of Uterine Adenocarcinoma, Mixed Mullerian Tumor (MMT) and Sarcoma Cell Lines to Chemotherapeutic Agents and a Flex-Het Drug

Johnny Hyde and Doris M. Benbrook

DOI : 10.3844/ajptsp.2006.83.86

American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Volume 1, Issue 4

Pages 83-86


The administration and combination of a variety of chemotherapeutic agents for treatment of advanced or recurrent uterine cancer of different histologies is under current debate. Mixed Mullerian Tumors (MMTs), which contain both adenocarcinoma and sarcoma components, are the most rate histologic type and it is therefore difficult to conduct clinical trials to determine if they should be treated like endometrial adenocarinomas or like sarcomas. Flexible Heteroarotionoids (Flex-Hets) are a promising class of anti-cancer drugs with low toxicity that have demonstrated activity against a wide variety of cancer types, but their efficacy in uterine cancers is unknown. The objective of this study was to determine if cell lines established from endometrial carcinoma (HEC-1-A), uterine sarcoma (SK-UT-1) and MMT (MES-SA) cancers exhibit differential sensitivities to cisplatin, carboplatin, paclitaxel, docetaxel, doxorubicin and SHetA2, if SHetA2 can enhance sensitivity to the chemotherapeutic drugs and if SHetA2 exhibits a differential effect on uterine cancer cells in comparison to normal endometrial cells using a cytotoxicity assay. These cell lines did not differ in their sensitivities to platinum or taxel drugs. Doxorubicin was active against the sarcoma but not the adenocarcinoma or MMT cell lines. SHetA2 decreased the survival of all three cell lines, but did not enhance their sensitivities to the chemotherapeutic agents. Two of the three uterine cancer cell lines were more sensitive to SHetA2 in comparison to normal endometrial cells. In conclusion, doxorubicin appears to have a greater effect against sarcoma than other uterine histology types. SHetA2 is affective against uterine cancer cell lines, but does not enhance their sensitivities to chemotherapeutic agents.


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