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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1987 Nov 13;148(3):1338-45.

Additive growth-inhibitory effects of DL-alpha-difluoromethylornithine and antiestrogens on MCF-7 breast cancer cell line.

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Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455.


We studied the growth inhibitory effects of DL-alpha-difluoromethylornithine, and antiestrogens (tamoxifen, 4-hydroxytamoxifen, trioxifene, keoxifene, and LY117018) as single agents and in combinations on the proliferation of a breast cancer cell line, MCF-7. At 0.1 mM difluoromethylornithine, the proliferation of MCF-7 cells was inhibited to 75 +/- 6% of the controls. Treatment of the cells with 0.1 microM 4-hydroxytamoxifen reduced cell growth to 72 +/- 4%. Combination of 0.1 mM difluoromethylornithine and 0.1 microM 4-hydroxytamoxifen reduced cell growth to 38 +/- 5%, indicating additive growth inhibitory effects. Similar additive effects were observed with all 5 antiestrogens in combination with difluoromethylornithine.

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