The inhibitory effect of a novel cytotoxic somatostatin analogue AN-162 on experimental glioblastoma

E. Pozsgai, A. V. Schally, G. Halmos, F. Rick, S. Bellyei

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Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and most aggressive type of high grade tumor with a poor prognosis upon discovery. Based on earlier promising results earned with AN-162, a doxorubicin molecule linked to somatostatin (SST) analogue RC-160, it was our aim to determine the effect of AN-162 on DBTRG-05 glioblastoma cell line, and to test its efficacy in experimental brain tumors. We detected the expression of mRNA for somatostatin receptor (SSTR) subtypes 2 and 3 in DBTRG-05 cells with RT-PCR. Using ligand competition assay, specific high affinity receptors for somatostatin were found. The MTT assay showed that both AN-162 and doxorubicin (DOX) significantly inhibited cell proliferation and that there was no significant difference between the effects in vitro. Nude mice were xenografted with DBTRG-05 glioblastoma tumors. AN-162 showed a significant inhibition of tumor growth compared with the control group and the groups treated with equimolar doses of doxorubicin, somatostatin analogue RC-160, or the unconjugated mixture of doxorubicin plus RC-160. The tumor doubling time in the group of animals treated with AN-162 was extended and was significantly different from doubling times in the control group and in the other treatment groups. Our study clearly demonstrates a potent inhibitory effect of AN-162 in experimental glioblastoma, thus suggesting the possibility of its utilization in patients suffering from malignant brain cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)781-786
Number of pages6
JournalHormone and Metabolic Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2010


  • AN-162
  • doxorubicine
  • glioblastoma
  • somatostatin
  • targeted therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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