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MGBG–cisplatin combination chemotherapy against breast cancer

BMC Proceedings20104(Suppl 2):P27

Published: 24 September 2010

Worldwide, it is estimated that more than one million women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, representing 14% of female cancer deaths [1], about 4,500 new cases being detected each year in Portugal. In the present study, the compound metylglyoxal bis(guanylhydrazone) (MGBG) [2], an inhibitor of S-adenosyl-L-methionine descarboxylase (SAMdc), was investigated as a potencial anti-cancer agent towards the breast cancer cell line MCF-7 and the non-carcinogenic, non-immortalized, human foreskin fibroblast cells BJ. The results (MTT assay) evidenced that the effect of MGBG against the MCF-7 cells is dose and time dependent, revealing a significant cell viability loss (ca. 90% at 72 h, for a 50 μM dosage). Since its effect was not shown to be reversible, this compound appears to be quite effective in this line. In fact, compared to cisplatin (cDDP), a commonly used drug in clinical practice, MGBG provided a larger cytotoxicity in the same concentration range. Similarly, a slight synergistic effect was verified for these two compounds – ca. 93% at 72 h, for an MGBG(50 μM):CDDP(10 μM) combination, while no effect was assessed on the reversibility of the cytotoxic action. Regarding the non-neoplastic BJ line, MBGB exhibited a clear reversibility of et growth-inhibiting effect, as opposed to cDDP and the MGBG:cDDP cocktails.

Authors’ Affiliations

"Molecular Physical-Chemistry" R&D Unit, University of Coimbra
Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra


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