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Urol Int. 1991;46(2):145-8.

Evaluation of the invasive potential of superficial bladder cancer by adenosine triphosphate measurement.

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Department of Urology, University of Tsukuba, Japan.


In order to predict the malignant potential of superficial bladder cancer, in 121 patients with this malignancy adenine nucleotide levels (adenosine triphosphate, adenosine diphosphate, and adenosine monophosphate) and energy charge in bladder cancer cells were determined. The nucleotides were analyzed according to the method of B├╝cher, and the energy charge was calculated by applying the formula of Atkinson. It was clearly pointed out that superficial bladder tumors, which became invasive and/or metastatic, had higher levels of adenylate compounds than those which became not. Our results show that a high correlation exists between adenine nucleotide content and tumor progression.

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