This study shows that combinations of bryostatin 1, a novel modulator of protein kinase C currently under clinical evaluation, with the anti-oestrogenic agent tamoxifen caused a large synergistic enhancement of growth inhibition in P388 cells in vitro. The growth-inhibitory effects of bryostatin 1 in the presence of non-inhibitory concentrations of tamoxifen were increased by approximately 200-fold, whereas growth inhibition by tamoxifen in the presence of non-inhibitory concentrations of bryostatin 1 were increased over 30-fold. These data have been confirmed by isobologram analysis. The precise mechanism underlying this effect is unknown, although preliminary data implicating protein kinase C is presented. The magnitude of this synergistic effect, together with evidence of clinical responses seen when these agents were given sequentially in ovarian cancer, merits further study.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||British Journal of Cancer|
|State||Published - 1998|
- Protein kinase C
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research