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Neurosurgery. 1990 Feb;26(2):255-60.

L-buthionine-sulfoximine-mediated radiosensitization in experimental interstitial radiotherapy of intracerebral D-54 MG glioma xenografts in athymic mice.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.


An intracranial (i.c.) interstitial radiotherapy model in athymic nude mice bearing i.c. D-54 MG human glioma xenografts was developed, allowing evaluation of the therapeutic benefits seen after L-buthionine-S,R-sulfoximine (L-BSO)-mediated depletion of tumor glutathione levels. Administration of L-BSO [2.5 mmol/kg intraperitoneal injections x 4 doses plus concomitant availability in acidified (pH 3.0) drinking water at a concentration of 20 mM] resulted in depletion of tumor glutathione levels to 0.15 mumol/g wet weight (7.9% of control). The therapeutic activity of i.c. interstitial radiotherapy with an 125I seed was enhanced after L-BSO-mediated glutathione depletion, with increases in median survival of 13.4 to 30.5% over that seen with 125I seeds alone. These studies demonstrate a potential role for BSO in enhancing the therapeutic activity of interstitial radiotherapy.

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