Potentiated antitumour effects of cisplatin and lovastatin against MmB16 melanoma in mice

Eur J Cancer. 1998 Feb;34(3):406-11. doi: 10.1016/s0959-8049(97)10034-x.


Lovastatin, the drug used in the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia, has previously been reported to exert synergistic antitumour activity in a melanoma model in mice when used together with some immune response modifiers. In this study, we examined the antitumour effect of cisplatin augmented by its combined application with lovastatin, both in vitro and in vivo, in a murine melanoma model. The results of this study suggest that lovastatin may enhance the therapeutic effects of cisplatin in the treatment of malignant melanomas.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Cisplatin / administration & dosage
  • Drug Synergism
  • Female
  • Lovastatin / administration & dosage
  • Melanoma, Experimental / drug therapy*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Neoplasm Transplantation
  • Skin Neoplasms / drug therapy*


  • Lovastatin
  • Cisplatin