Effective treatment of advanced estrogen-independent MXT mouse mammary cancers with targeted cytotoxic LH-RH analogs

Karoly Szepeshazi, Andrew V. Schally, Attila Nagy

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Cytotoxic agents linked to hormonal carriers provide new approaches to tumor therapy, and LH-RH receptors expressed by breast cancers can be used for targeting chemotherapeutic compounds. In the present study, large, advanced estrogen-independent MXT mouse mammary cancers were treated with cytotoxic LH-RH analog AN-152 containing doxorubicin (DOX) or AN-207 incorporating superactive derivative 2-pyrrolino-DOX (AN-201). These cytotoxic hybrid molecules were administered once i.v., close to their maximum tolerated doses, at various time intervals after transplantation of tumors. The cytotoxic LH-RH analogs and the radicals alone, given at earlier stages of tumor development, inhibited growth of MXT cancers. Cytotoxic LH-RH conjugate AN-207 had significantly stronger effect than its respective cytotoxic radical, particularly when larger tumors were treated, causing 95%, 89%, 100% and 96% tumor growth reduction when administered on days 1, 7, 10 or 14, respectively. AN-152, AN-201, and DOX, given on day 14, were virtually ineffective. Histological characteristics of tumor cell proliferation and cell death were analyzed in large MXT cancers 1-4 days after treatment with AN-207 and AN-201. AgNOR scores were decreased and apoptotic indices increased after treatment of tumors with AN-207 or AN-201, but enhanced apoptosis and decreased AgNOR numbers persisted longer in the case of AN-207. In contrast to AN-201, AN-207 also increased the extent of necrosis in tumors. In conclusion, on the basis of its powerful inhibitory effect on the aggressive MXT mouse mammary tumor, the cytotoxic LH-RH analog AN-207 could be considered for treatment of advanced human mammary carcinomas that express LH-RH receptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-276
Number of pages10
JournalBreast cancer research and treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 3 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast cancer
  • Cell death
  • Cell proliferation
  • Doxorubicin
  • LH-RH analogs
  • Targeted chemotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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