Inhibitory effects of antagonists of bombesin/gastrin releasing peptide (GRP) and somatostatin analog (RC-160) on growth of HT-29 human colon cancers in nude mice

Sinisa Radulovic, Andrew V. Schally, Herta Reile, Gabor Halmos, Karoly Szepeshazi, Kate Groot, Slobodan Milovanovic, Glenn Miller, Tetsu Yano

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Nude mice bearing xenografts of HT-29 human colon cancer cell line were treated for 4 weeks with somatostatin analog (RC-160), bombesin/gastrin releasing peptide (GRP) antagonists (RC-3095 and RC-3440). In three separate experiments somatostatin analog RC-160 (50 μg/day) released from microgranules significantly reduced tumor growth. Bombesin/GRP antagonists, RC-3095 and RC-3440 injected subcutaneously (s.c.) twice daily at a dose of 10 μg had the greatest and consistently significant inhibitory effect on tumor growth. RC-3095 given once daily s.c. at a dose of 20 μg was less effective. RC-3095 also inhibited metastatic tumor growth after intrasplenic injection of HT-29 cells in nude mice. Specific binding sites of somatostatin, bombesin and epidermal growth factor (EGF) were detected on intact HT-29 cells or on the membranes from HT-29 tumor xenografts. The inhibitory effects of bombesin antagonists on tumor growth were consistently linked with a significant down-regulation of EGF receptors. Bombesin/GRP antagonists and somatostatin analogs could be considered for the development of new hormonal therapies for colon cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-701
Number of pages9
JournalActa Oncologica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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