PMCCPMCCPMCC

Search tips
Search criteria 

Advanced

 
Logo of brjcancerBJC HomepageBJC Advance online publicationBJC Current IssueSubmitting an article to BJCWeb feeds
 
Br J Cancer. Dec 1992; 66(6): 1053–1058.
PMCID: PMC1978042
Enhancement of the cytotoxicity of SR 4233 to normal and malignant tissues by hypoxic breathing.
A. I. Minchinton and J. M. Brown
Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, California 94305-5105.
Abstract
The bioreductive cytotoxic agent SR 4233 (1,2,4-benzotriazine 3-amine 1,4-dioxide) has been shown to markedly potentiate the cell killing of mouse tumours when combined with fractionated radiation therapy. Differential metabolism under oxic compared to hypoxic conditions results in SR 4233 exhibiting selective cytotoxicity to hypoxic cells. This is thought to result from the production of a cytotoxic free radical which is generated predominantly in the absence of oxygen. We have examined a way of enhancing the effectiveness of this antitumour agent in vivo by artificially increasing the hypoxic fraction of tumours by hypoxic breathing. Mice are placed in a chamber containing 10% Oxygen 90% Nitrogen for 1 h after each administration of SR 4233. Our results in the SCCVII tumour model indicate that this manoeuvre results in a 10-fold increase in antitumour effectiveness of SR 4233 when administered in a fractionated regime with radiotherapy (8 x 2.5 Gy and 0.08 mmol kg-1), but not when a single treatment regime (1 x 20 Gy and 0.3 mmol kg-1) is used. Mathematical modelling of this effect is used to illustrate this phenomenon and can be used to predict the dependence of this type of therapy on the modification of tumour oxygenation.
Full text
Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (1.0M), or click on a page image below to browse page by page.
Articles from British Journal of Cancer are provided here courtesy of
Cancer Research UK