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Oral administration of the anti-proliferative substance taurolidine has no impact on dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis-associated carcinogenesis in mice

Author(s): Chromik Ansgar | Huss Sebastian | Osseili Hayssam | Daigeler Adrien | Kersting Sabine | Sulberg Dominique | Mittelkotter Ulrich | Herdegen Thomas | Uhl Waldemar | Muller Annette

Journal: Journal of Carcinogenesis
ISSN 0974-6773

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Carcinogenesis | C57BL6 mice | Dextran Sulfate Sodium | experimental colitis | inflammatory bowel disease | Taurolidin | Taurolin | TRD

Background: New chemopreventive strategies for ulcerative colitis (UC)-associated dysplasia and cancer have to be evaluated. Taurolidine (TRD) has anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative and anti-neoplastic properties with almost absent toxicity. The aim of the study was to determine whether TRD decreases dysplasia in the well-characterized Dextran Sulfate Sodium - Azoxymethane (DSS-AOM) animal model for UC-associated carcinogenesis. Material and Methods: The DSS-AOM model of carcinogenesis was induced in female inbred C57BL/6 mice. Half of the mice were treated with TRD, the other served as control. After 100 days macroscopic, histological and immunhistochemical (β-Catenin, E-Cadherin, SOX9, Ki-67, Cyclin-D1) examination of the colon was performed. Results: Incidence, multiplicity, grading and growth pattern of adenomas did not differ significantly between TRD and control group. In all animals, inflammatory changes were absent. Immunhistochemistry revealed increased expression of Ki-67, β-catenin, SOX9 and Cyclin-D1 in adenomas compared to normal mucosa - without significant difference between TRD and control treatment. Conclusion: Oral administration of TRD has no impact on DSS-induced colitis-associated carcinogenesis. However, SOX9 and Cyclin-D1 representing key members of the Wnt pathway have not yet been described in the DSS-AOM model of carcinogenesis - underlining the importance of this oncogenic pathway in this setting.
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