Direct Growth Inhibition of Human Endometrial Cancer Cells by the Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Antagonist SB-75: Role of Apoptosis

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Our objective was to study the direct action of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist SB-75 and the agonist buserelin on the proliferation of endometrial cancer cells.

STUDY DESIGN

Two human endometrial cell lines that differ in histologic subtype and estrogen receptor content were treated with gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog. We measured the number of viable cells, cell cycle parameters, and apoptotic processes.

RESULTS

Growth of the Ishikawa cells was inhibited by SB-75 in a dose-dependent manner. 17beta-Estradiol partially abolished the inhibitory effect of SB-75. The growth of the HEC-1A cells was not affected by the antagonist. Neither endometrial cancer cell line showed significant sensitivity to the agonist buserelin. Tenfold concentration of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist did not abolish the inhibitory effect of the antagonist on cell growth. The growth inhibition was not associated with any change in cell cycle parameters but was associated with an induction of apoptosis.

CONCLUSION

The gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist SB-75 directly inhibits the growth of some human endometrial cancer cells and thus may be suitable for the treatment of endometrial tumors. (AM J OBSTET GYNECOL 1994;170:96-102.)

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