Effective therapy of experimental human malignant melanomas with a targeted cytotoxic somatostatin analogue without induction of multi-drug resistance proteins

Gunhild Keller, Andrew V Schally, Attila Nagy, Benjamin Baker, Gabor Halmos, Jörg B. Engel

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Malignant melanomas are characterized by a high intrinsic resistance to chemotherapy. Multiple drug resistance (MDR) can be mediated by transport proteins such as MDR-1, multidrug resistance-associated protein (MRP) or lung resistance protein (LRP). The cytotoxic analogue of somatostatin AN-238 consisting of 2-pyrrolinodoxorubicin (AN-201) linked to a somatostatin analogue RC-121 binds to receptors for somatostatin and is targeted to tumors expressing these receptors. We evaluated the expression of somatostatin receptors on human malignant melanoma tumor lines MRI-H255 and MRI-H187 and examined the effects of the targeted analogue AN-238 and its cytotoxic radical AN-201 on growth of these tumors in nude mice. We also studied the effects of AN-238 and AN-201 on the expression of MDR-1, MRP-1 and LRP by real-time PCR. AN-238 inhibited the growth of MRI-H255 and MRI-H187 tumors while AN-201 was ineffective. Blockade of somatostatin receptors by somatostatin analogue RC-121 abolished the effects of AN-238. Targeted therapy with AN-238 did not produce an induction of mRNA of MDR-1, MRP-1 or LRP. Our findings show that targeted chemotherapy with cytotoxic somatostatin analogue AN-238 inhibits the growth of malignant melanomas. AN-238 could provide a novel treatment approach for advanced malignant melanomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1507-1513
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Oncology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Malignant melanomas
  • Multi-drug resistance
  • Somatostatin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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