Targeted cytotoxic analog of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone AN- 207 inhibits the growth of PC-82 human prostate cancer in nude mice

Miklos Koppán, Attila Nagy, Andrew V. Schally, Artur Plonowski, Gábor Halmos, José M. Arencibia, Kate Groot

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BACKGROUND. Receptors for luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) found in prostate cancers might be used for targeting of chemotherapeutic agents. Doxorubicin derivative 2-pyrrolinodoxorubicin (AN-201) can be linked to carrier analog [D-Lys6]LH-RH to form the targeted cytotoxic analog of LH- RH, AN-207. METHODS. We evaluated the effects of AN-207 and its components on the growth of LH-RH receptor-positive human prostate cancer PC-82 xenografted into nude mice. Analog AN-207, radical AN-201, carrier [D-Lys6]LH-RH, or a mixture of [D-Lys6]LH-RH and AN-201 were injected intravenously once at doses of 200 nmol/kg. Tumor growth, body weight, total WBC counts, and serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) were determined. Receptors for LH-RH on PC- 82 tumors were evaluated, and the expression of mRNA for LH-RH receptors was assessed by RT-PCR. RESULTS. Eight weeks after administration of cytotoxic analog AN-207, there was a 67.8% reduction in tumor volume (P < 0.01), 70.7% decrease in tumor burden (P < 0.01), and 36.5% decrease in serum PSA levels (P < 0.01) as compared with controls. Only one of 8 animals treated with AN- 207 died. Cytotoxic radical AN-201 caused a 34.2% (not significant, NS) reduction in tumor volume with no change in serum PSA, and killed 3 of 8 mice due to toxicity. Carrier [D-Lys6]LH-RH and the unconjugated mixture of [D- Lys6]LH-RH and AN-201 had no effect on tumor growth. LH-RH receptors as well as the expression of their mRNA were found in PC-82 tumors. CONCLUSIONS. The cytotoxic analog of LH-RH AN-207 powerfully inhibited growth of PC-82 human prostate cancer with only minor toxicity. Targeted cytotoxic LH-RH analogs may be useful for treatment of prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes



  • 2- pyrrolinodoxorubicin
  • LH-RH receptor
  • PC-82 tumor
  • Prostate cancer
  • Targeted chemotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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