A novel class of antitumour agents. II. In vitro testing

Cancer Lett. 1977 Mar;2(4-5):273-8. doi: 10.1016/s0304-3835(77)80032-3.


Suspensions of Walker and HeLa cells, rat fibroblasts and human stimulated lymphocytes were incubated over various periods with the synthetic amino steroid, 2 beta,16 beta-dipiperidino-5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha,17 beta-diol dipivalate (DAP). The acute cell destroying effect was found to be exponentially time and dose dependent within a certain range. With lower nontoxic doses, decreases in the mitotic and labelling indices were observed, and clotted mitotic figures occurred. The effects were essentially the same for all experimental cell types; chromosome alterations were not seen.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Carcinoma 256, Walker / drug therapy
  • Drug Screening Assays, Antitumor
  • Fibroblasts / drug effects
  • HeLa Cells / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Lymphocyte Activation / drug effects
  • Lymphocytes / drug effects
  • Pancuronium / analogs & derivatives*
  • Pancuronium / pharmacology
  • Pancuronium / toxicity
  • Rats


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • 2,16-dipiperidinoandrostane-3,17-diol dipivalate
  • Pancuronium