Prevention of inhibitory effects of alpha-difluoromethylornithine on rat urinary bladder carcinogenesis by exogenous putrescine

Cancer Biochem Biophys. 1986 Oct;8(4):257-63.


We previously demonstrated that repeated instillation of alpha-difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), an irreversible inhibitor of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), inhibits (or retards) urinary bladder carcinogenesis in rats. Since ODC catalyzes the first step in polyamine synthesis, the inhibition of polyamine formation may be responsible for tumor inhibition by DFMO. The present experiment was conducted using male Fischer rats with a heterotopically transplanted urinary bladder (HTB) to determine whether the effects of DFMO are prevented by exogeneous Pu. HTBs were treated with 0.25 mg of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) once a week for 3 weeks and the animals were then arbitrarily divided into 6 groups. Beginning one week following the last MNU treatment, all rats received twice a week instillation (0.5 ml each) as follows: Group 1 rats, normal rat urine; Group 2, 2% DFMO in urine; Group 3, 250 microM Pu and 2% DFMO in urine; Group 4, 250 microM Pu in urine; Group 5, urine for 10 weeks followed by 2% DFMO in urine; and Group 6, urine for 10 weeks followed by 250 microM Pu and 2% DFMO in urine. At 10 weeks following the last MNU instillation 5 rats from each of Groups 1 through 4 were killed for determination of urothelial polyamine levels. An additional 4 rats of Group 1 were killed at 10 weeks for histological examination. All remaining rats were killed 20 weeks after the last MNU instillation. Polyamine levels showed no significant difference among the 4 groups. The incidence of carcinoma was significantly lower in the group treated with DFMO (p less than 0.001, Group 1 vs Group 2), confirming our previous observation.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Division / drug effects
  • Epithelial Cells
  • Male
  • Methylnitrosourea
  • Polyamines / analysis
  • Putrescine / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred F344
  • Urinary Bladder / cytology
  • Urinary Bladder / transplantation
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / chemically induced
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / pathology*


  • Polyamines
  • Methylnitrosourea
  • Putrescine