Cellular mechanisms of growth inhibition of human epithelial ovarian cancer cell line by LH-releasing hormone antagonist Cetrorelix

Xiaohui Tang, Tetsu Yano, Yutaka Osuga, Hirotaka Matsumi, Naomi Yano, Jiping Xu, Osamu Wada, Kaori Koga, Koji Kugu, Osamu Tsutsumi, Andrew V. Schally, Yuji Taketani

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

43 Scopus citations


We investigated the direct effects of LH-releasing hormone (LH-RH) antagonist, Cetrorelix, on the growth of HTOA human epithelial ovarian cancer cell line. RT-PCR revealed the expression of mRNA for LH-RH and its receptor in HTOA cells. Cetrorelix, at concentrations between 10-9 and 10-5 M, exerted a dose-dependent antiproliferative action on HTOA cells, as measured by 5-bromo-2′-deoxyuridine incorporation into DNA. Flow cytometric analysis indicated that Cetrorelix, at 10-5 M, arrested cell cycle in HTOA cells, at G1 phase, after 24 h of treatment. Western blot analysis of cell cycle-regulatory proteins demonstrated that treatment with Cetrorelix (10-5 M) for 24 h did not change the steady-state levels of cyclin D1, cyclin E, and cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk)4 but decreased the levels of cyclin A and Cdk2. The protein levels of p21 (a Cdk inhibitor) and p53 (a suppressor of tumor cell growth and a positive regulator for p21 expression) were increased by Cetrorelix, but the levels of p27 (a Cdk inhibitor) did not change significantly. Flow cytometric analysis and terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase-mediated deoxyuridine 5-triphosphate nick end labeling staining demonstrated that Cetrorelix (10-5 M) induced apoptosis in HTOA cells. In conclusion, Cetrorelix directly inhibits the proliferation of human epithelial ovarian cancer cells through mechanisms mediated by LH-RH receptor and involving multiple events in cell cycle progression, including G1 phase cell cycle arrest coupled with down-regulation of cyclin A-Cdk2 complex levels, presumably attributable to an up-regulation of p53 and p21 protein levels and apoptosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3721-3727
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


Dive into the research topics of 'Cellular mechanisms of growth inhibition of human epithelial ovarian cancer cell line by LH-releasing hormone antagonist Cetrorelix'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this