The effect of bumetanide on photodynamic therapy-induced peri-tumor edema of C6 glioma xenografts

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The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of bumetanide on peri-tumor edema caused by photodynamic therapy (PDT) of intraparenchymal C6 glioma xenografts.


Seven days after inoculation with C6 cells, rats with MRI-confirmed glioma received hematoporphyrin monomethyl ether (HMME)-mediated PDT, injection of bumetanide or a combination of the two treatments. After treatment, tumor volume, tumor weight, brain water content, microvessel density, expression of NKCC-1, Zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1), and animal survival time were examined.


In the PDT group, tumor growth was significantly inhibited and survival prolonged. Bumetanide enhanced the efficacy of PDT and reduced PDT-induced peri-tumor edema in the combined PDT + bumetanide treatment group where NKCC-1 expression in response to PDT was significantly suppressed. ZO-1 expression was significantly suppressed in the PDT-only group. This suppression was not observed in the combined PDT + bumetanide treatment group.


PDT, in combination with bumetanide was seen to significantly inhibit the growth of C6 glioma, relieve peri-tumor edema caused by PDT alone and prolong survival. These results suggest that PDT, in combination with bumetanide, may be a useful and promising strategy in the treatment of human glioma. Lasers Surg. Med. 46:422–430, 2014. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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