Erythropoietin restores the antitumor effectiveness of photodynamic therapy in mice with chemotherapy-induced anemia

Jakub Golłab, Dominika Olszewska, Pawelł Mróz, Katarzyna Kozar, Rafalł Kamiński, Ahmad Jalili, Marek Jakóbisiak

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Purpose: The study was designed to examine the impact of anemia on the antitumor efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in a murine colon-26 adenocarcinoma model syngeneic with BALB/c mice. Experimental Design: Acute hemolytic anemia was induced by a single i.p. injection of phenylhydrazine hydro-chloride (150 mg/kg). Anemia induced by i.p. administration of carboplatin (100 mg/kg) was corrected by s.c. treatment with recombinant human erythropoietin (1000 units/kg/day). The effectiveness of PDT (10 mg/kg Photofrin, 150 J/cm2 laser dose) was evaluated by measurements of the footpad edema and tumor volume. All of the RBC-related parameters were measured from the tail vein. Results: Phenylhydrazine hydrochloride injection resulted in a blunted response of normal tissues to Photofrin-mediated PDT-induced edema formation. Similarly, the antitumor response in mice with hemolytic anemia was nearly completely abrogated. The antitumor effectiveness of PDT was also significantly diminished in a more realistic clinical situation when anemia was induced by administration of carboplatin. Importantly, administration of recombinant human erythropoietin completely restored the sensitivity of the tumor to PDT in carboplatin-treated mice. Conclusions: These results indicate that anemia can negatively influence the therapeutic effectiveness of PDT. For optimal antitumor response anemia should be corrected before PDT procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1265-1270
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 27 2002


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