Evaluation of 9-dimethylaminomethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin against xenografts derived from adult and childhood solid tumors

Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 1992;31(3):229-39. doi: 10.1007/BF00685553.


The topoisomerase I inhibitor 9-dimethylaminomethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin (topotecan) was evaluated against a panel of xenografts comprising four lines of adult colon adenocarcinoma, three colon tumors derived from adolescents, six childhood rhabdomyosarcomas from previously untreated patients as well as sublines selected in vivo for resistance to vincristine and melphalan, and three lines of childhood osteogenic sarcoma. Efficacy was determined at maximal tolerated dose levels using intermittent i.p. administration [every 4 days for 4 doses (q4dx4)] or daily p.o. or i.p. administration 5 days per week for up to 20 courses. On a q4dx4 schedule, the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was 12.5 mg/kg per administration, which caused marked weight loss and lethality in approximately 5% of the tumor-bearing mice. This schedule caused significant growth inhibition (but no tumor regression) in advanced adult colon adenocarcinomas. The minimal treated/control (T/C) ratios were 0.49, 0.54, and 0.3 for three of the tumor lines and were achieved at 18-21 days after the initiation of treatment. In contrast, rhabdomyosarcomas were considerably more sensitive, with T/C ratios being < 0.1 for three lines, whereas topotecan was less active against two other rhabdomyosarcoma xenografts (minimal T/C ratios, 0.17 and 0.14). As inhibitors of topoisomerase I have been demonstrated to have activity in the replication phase of the cell cycle (S-phase-specific), prolonged administration schedules were examined. Mice received topotecan 5 days per week for 3 weeks either by i.p. injection or by oral gavage (p.o.). In selected experiments, p.o. administration was continued for up to 20 weeks. Oral administration for 3 weeks (2 mg/kg per dose) resulted in complete regression of all six lines of rhabdomyosarcoma, with two lines demonstrating no regrowth during the period of observation (> or = 84 days). Similar results were obtained after i.p. administration, suggesting significant schedule dependency for these tumors. For colon tumors, the daily administration schedule (i.p. or p.o.) demonstrated some advantage over the intermittent schedule, resulting in partial regressions and significant inhibition of the growth of several colon adenocarcinoma lines. In rhabdomyosarcoma Rh12 and VRC5 colon adenocarcinoma, both of which demonstrated intermediate sensitivity to topotecan, and in osteosarcoma OS33, protracted p.o. administration for 13-20 weeks (1.0-1.5 mg/kg per dose given daily x 5 days) caused complete regression without regrowth in Rh12 and OS33 tumors and partial regression of all VRC5 tumors. No toxicity was observed using this schedule of administration. Topotecan demonstrated significant activity against all three osteosarcoma xenografts examined, with optimal schedules causing complete regression in two lines.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / drug therapy*
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / blood
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacokinetics
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Camptothecin / analogs & derivatives*
  • Camptothecin / blood
  • Camptothecin / pharmacokinetics
  • Camptothecin / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Colonic Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred CBA
  • Neoplasm Transplantation
  • Osteosarcoma / drug therapy*
  • Remission Induction
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma / drug therapy*
  • Time Factors
  • Topotecan
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Topotecan
  • Camptothecin