We examined the role of metallothionein in the chemosensitivity of transplanted tumors in mice. The antitumor activities of cisplatin, adriamycin, bleomycin, peplomycin, cyclophosphamide, and melphalan were significantly suppressed when the concentration of metallothionein in the tumor was increased to only twice the control level. On the other hand, the antitumor activities of mitomycin C, 5-fluorouracil, and vinblastine were hardly affected by increases in the concentration of metallothionein in the tumors in mice. Moreover, all the antitumor drugs examined increased the concentration of metallothionein in transplanted tumors to a level that was high enough to suppress the antitumor activity of these drugs. These observations suggest that treatment of patients with certain antitumor drugs might result in the resistance of their tumors to multiple drugs.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - 1998 Apr 28|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology