Chemosensitivity of glioblastoma cells during treatment with the organo-tin compound triethyltin(IV)lupinylsulfide hydrochloride

F. Barbieri, F. Sparatore, R. Bonavia, C. Bruzzo, G. Schettini, A. Alama

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Malignant gliomas are the most common primary brain tumors in humans. However, poor response to conventional therapeutic approaches, including chemotherapy, leads invariably to disease recurrence and progression. The organo-tin derivative triethyltin(IV)lupinylsulfide hydrochloride (IST-FS 29) was identified and developed as potential antiproliferative agent in human cancer cell lines. However, for its peculiar chemical structure and good lipophilicity, this compound also appeared an eligible candidate for the treatment of gliobastoma cells. The present experiments were designed to explore in vitro effects of IST-FS 29 on four human glioblastoma cell lines: A-172, DBTRG.05MG, U-87MG and CAS-1. The average IC50 values were obtained by MTT assay and ranged between 3 and 10 μM. Time-course assays with cell recovery after drug withdrawal, demonstrated marked cytotoxicity following exposure to IST-FS 29 for 8, 24 and 72 h. Cultures treated for 8 h were able to partially re-grow by 144 h; on the contrary, longer times of exposure did not allow surviving cells to recover from the damage and actively proliferate. Cell morphology of cultures exposed to IST-FS 29 was assessed by inverted light microscopy after 24 and 72 h and was more consistent with cell death by necrosis which included cell size reduction, vacuolation of cytoplasm, round dying cells. The present results and our previous data, in vitro and in vivo, indicate the relevant cytotoxic activity of this organo-tin compound and suggest that IST-FS 29 might be a promising novel agent to be developed for the treatment of malignant brain neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2002


  • Cell morphology
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Glioblastoma cell lines
  • In vitro
  • Organo-tin compound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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