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A novel antimetabolite, TAS-102 retains its effect on FU-related resistant cancer cells

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TAS-102 is a new oral anti-tumor drug preparation, composed of a 1:0.5 mixture (on a molar basis) of α,α,α-tri-fluorothymidine (FTD) and thymidine phosphorylase inhibitor (TPI). TAS-102 is currently undergoing clinical trials, and has been demonstrated to have at least 2 mechanisms; inhibition of thymidylate synthase (TS) and incorporation into DNA. 5-FU is widely used in the treatment of solid tumor, but the inherent or acquired resistance of certain tumors to 5-FU therapy is a major clinical problem. In the present study, we investigated FTD in vitro and in vivo comparing with 5-FU and using FU-resistant cells. There was no relationship between FTD and 5-FU growth inhibition effect in vitro. A different sensitivity pattern was observed by the log-mean graph. We next investigated the anti-tumor activity of TAS-102 in a FU-resistant xenograft model. Comparative efficacy was observed between FU-resistant cell and its parent cell. We also studied the influence of TAS-102 on liver metastasis in a mouse model of human colorectal cancer, because liver metastasis of colorectal cancer is associated with patient survival. Human cancer DNA was detected by PCR, and TAS-102 markedly inhibited the number of liver metastasis. A novel angiogenic factor, platelet-derived endothelial cell growth factor (PD-ECGF), was shown to be identical to a previously characterized intracellular enzyme, thymidine phosphorylase, TAS-102 can be expected to have not only anti-tumor cytocidal effects but also antiangiogenesis activity and may inhibit liver metastasis. Our findings suggested that TAS-102 is a promising candidate for clinical use and can be expected to decrease minimal residual disease.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Cancer Research Laboratory, Hanno Research Center, Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 1-27, Misugidai, Hanno-city, Saitama 357-8527, Japan., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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