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See detailPotentiation of cyclophosphamide chemotherapy using the anti-angiogenic drug thalidomide: Importance of optimal scheduling to exploit the ‘normalization’ window of the tumor vasculature
SEGERS, Jérôme; DI FAZIO, Vincent; ANSIAUX, Réginald et al

in Cancer Letters (2006), 244(1), 12935

The aim of this work was to study how administration schedule affects potentiation of cyclophosphamide, an alkylating agent, by thalidomide, an anti-angiogenic agent. Tumor oxygenation after thalidomide ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to study how administration schedule affects potentiation of cyclophosphamide, an alkylating agent, by thalidomide, an anti-angiogenic agent. Tumor oxygenation after thalidomide administration was determined over time by EPR oximetry. Such measurements provide a surrogate marker for determining the timing of ‘normalization’ of tumor vasculature. Re-growth delays were measured using different combinations and schedules of treatments. Additionally, the uptake of the metabolite of cyclophosphamide (hydroxycyclophosphamide or OH-CP) into tumors was determined by high performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS/MS). A significant increase in pO2 was observed after 2 and 3 days of treatment before eventually declining on day 4. Thalidomide potentiated the effect of cyclophosphamide only when cyclophosphamide was administered after 2 days of treatment with thalidomide (no significant benefit using other schedules). In this time frame, the HPLC/MS/MS measurements showed that the quantity of OH-CP penetrating into the tumor was about twice in mice treated by thalidomide compared to controls. In conclusion, the present study demonstrates that the benefit of combined therapy using an anti-angiogenic agent with a cytotoxic agent requires knowledge of the time window during which the vessels initially become normalized. [less ▲]

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See detailBotulinum toxin potentiates cancer radiotherapy and chemotherapy
ANSIAUX, Reginald; BAUDELET, Christine; CRON, Greg et al

in Clinical Cancer Research : An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (2006), 12(4), 127683

PURPOSE: Structural and functional abnormalities in the tumor vascular network are considered factors of resistance of solid tumors to cytotoxic treatments. To increase the efficacy of anticancer ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Structural and functional abnormalities in the tumor vascular network are considered factors of resistance of solid tumors to cytotoxic treatments. To increase the efficacy of anticancer treatments, efforts must be made to find new strategies for transiently opening the tumor vascular bed to alleviate tumor hypoxia (source of resistance to radiotherapy) and improve the delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. We hypothesized that Botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT-A) could interfere with neurotransmitter release at the perivascular sympathetic varicosities, leading to inhibition of the neurogenic contractions of tumor vessels and therefore improving tumor perfusion and oxygenation. <br /> <br />EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: To test this hypothesis, BoNT-A was injected locally into mouse tumors (fibrosarcoma FSaII, hepatocarcinoma transplantable liver tumor), and electron paramagnetic resonance oximetry was used to monitor pO(2) in vivo repeatedly for 4 days. Additionally, contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging was used to measure tumor perfusion in vivo. Finally, isolated arteries were mounted in wire myograph to monitor specifically the neurogenic tone developed by arterioles that were co-opted by the surrounding growing tumor cells. <br /> <br />RESULTS: Using these tumor models, we showed that local administration of BoNT-A (two sites; dose, 29 units/kg) substantially increases tumor oxygenation and perfusion, leading to a substantial improvement in the tumor response to radiotherapy (20 Gy of 250-kV radiation) and chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide, 50 mg/kg). This observed therapeutic gain results from an opening of the tumor vascular bed by BoNT-A because we showed that BoNT-A could inhibit neurogenic tone in the tumor vasculature. <br /> <br />CONCLUSIONS: The opening of the vascular bed induced by BoNT-A offers a way to significantly increase the response of tumors to radiotherapy and chemotherapy. [less ▲]

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