A methodological approach to the prediction of anticancer drug effect in humans

Walter J. Durkin, Vithal K. Ghanta, Dolores W. Davis, Raymond N. Hiramoto, Charles M. Balch

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Tumor cells from animals and humans were treated with drugs under tissue culture conditions. Tumor cells from the sensitive L1210 model were studied first. A dose-response curve was derived between drug exposure and subsequent cytotoxicity in L1210. The concentration of drug and duration of exposure were factors critical to the subsequent development of in vitro cytotoxicity. The in vitro dosage which effected 50% leukemic cell death in L1210 cells correlated with reported in vivo drug levels. Other tumor models and human neoplastic cells were studied at this dosage level. A good correlation was noted in these studies between the in vivo responsiveness and the in vitro chemotherapy results in both animals and humans. It was suggested by these results that it may be possible to predict cancericidal drug activity for individual neoplasms by assaying the tumor cells in vitro for drug sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-407
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Research
StatePublished - Feb 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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