Therapeutic efficacy of a synthetic somatostatin analogue for the treatment of carcinoid tumors is still controversial. In vivo studies performed in our laboratory showed that a somatostatin analogue, SMS 201-995, significantly inhibited growth of human pancreatic carcinoid (BON) tumors xenotransplanted into athymic nude mice. In the present study, however, SMS 201-995 did not inhibit in vitro growth of BON cells, but rather SMS 201-995 stimulated growth in a dose-dependent fashion. The growth-stimulatory effect was likely mediated through the reduction of cyclic AMP production. Unsuccessful treatment of certain types of carcinoid tumor with SMS 201-995 may be partly due to the direct growth-stimulatory effect of SMS 201-995 on carcinoid cells.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Jun 15 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology