A potent bombesin receptor antagonist inhibits bombesin-stimulated growth of mouse colon cancer cells in vitro: absence of autocrine effects.

S. Narayan, E. R. Spindel, N. H. Rubin, P. Singh

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    Abstract

    Bombesin (BBS) exerts significant effects on the growth of a mouse colon cancer cell line (MC-26) in vitro. The presence of specific binding sites on MC-26 cells for gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP)/BBS-related peptides was recently reported by us. In the present study, we determined that the transcript size of the mRNA species that codes for GRP receptors is 9 kilobase pairs, which is similar to that reported for mouse Swiss 3T3 cells, using the complementary DNA probe for the GRP receptor gene from mouse Swiss 3T3 cells. We next examined the effects of potent GRP receptor antagonists, D-Phe6, bombesin(6-13)-propylamide (D-Phe6,BN(6-13)PA) and Leu13-psi-(CH2NH)Leu14-bombesin (LL-BBS), on BBS-stimulated growth of MC-26 cells in vitro. A possible autocrine role of GRP in the growth of MC-26 cells was also investigated. MC-26 cells were inoculated s.c. into male BALB/c mice, and tumors were harvested 21-28 days postinoculation. Both D-Phe6,BN(6-13)PA and LL-BBS significantly inhibited the binding of 125I-GRP to MC-26 tumor membranes in a dose-dependent manner, with 50% inhibitory concentrations of 4.5 +/- 0.52 nM and 87 +/- 6 nM, respectively. D-Phe6,BN(6-13)PA similarly inhibited the specific binding of 125I-GRP, cross-linked to a approximately 80 kilodalton binding protein on the MC-26 tumor membranes. In order to determine whether the BBS receptor antagonist, D-Phe6,BN(6-13)PA, functioned as an antagonist or an agonist of biological functions, we measured the bioefficacy of D-Phe6,BN(6-13)PA.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)111-118
    Number of pages8
    JournalCell growth & differentiation : the molecular biology journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Feb 1992

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Molecular Biology
    • Cell Biology

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