Differential interaction of normal and preneoplastic hamster bronchi with adriamycin

B. I. Carr, D. Langley, C. B. Dias, W. G. Hammond, J. R. Benfield

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Advanced bronchogenic carcinoma in humans is notoriously resistant to the cytocidal actions of cancer chemotherapy. The experiments reported here were undertaken as a first step in examining the mechanisms of resistance of carcinogen-altered bronchus to the actions of the commonly used cancerocidal agent Adriamycin. Syrian Golden hamsters were treated with an endobronchial carcinogen in order to produce bronchial neoplasms or with no carcinogen as controls. Hamsters were then given i.v. Adriamycin, and the amounts and metabolism of bronchial Adriamycin were determined. Peak uptake values were found 5 min after Adriamycin administration, and the amounts of Adriamycin in normal and carcinogen-altered bronchi were found to be similar. Whereas no metabolism of Adriamycin was observed in normal bronchi, 40-60% of total Adriamycin fluorescence was found to be due to Adriamycinol and Adriamycin aglycones in bronchi with premalignant changes. In separate experiments, the susceptibility of normal and carcinogen-altered bronchial extracts to drug-induced lipid peroxidation was measured in vitro. A 50% decrease was found in the ability of carcinogen-altered bronchi to act as a substrate for lipid peroxidation mediated by Adriamycin and an approximately 30% decrease for lipid peroxidation induced by t-butylhydroperoxide. These results demonstrate two different mechanisms by which bronchogenic carcinomas might become resistant to the chemotherapeutic actions of Adriamycin. These are by the carcinogen induction of metabolism of Adriamycin to less toxic products and by resistance of the bronchi to free radical damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2730-2734
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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