IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 25 / Issue 1 / pii/2004107

European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology (EJGO) is published by IMR Press from Volume 40 Issue 1 (2019). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

Original Research

Changes in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) after chernoendocrine therapy in breast cancer

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1 Breast Clinic, Department of Gynecology and Department of Internal Medicine. University of Tiibingen, Germany
2 Department of Internal Medicine. University of Tiibingen, Germany
3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Liibeck, Germany
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2004, 25(1), 45–50;
Published: 10 February 2004

Purpose: Angiogenesis has been proposed as a possible target for anticancer treatment, either by inhibition of the production of angiogenic factors or by inhibition of endothelial cell proliferation. The impact of preoperative chemoendocrine therapy is unknown in the regulation of angiogenic factors, but recent reports suggest that anticancer drugs have antiangiogenic activity. Methods: The expression of two angiogenic factors VEGF and Angiopoetin-1 were quantified at different concentrations of doxo­rubicin. docetaxel. tamoxifen, exemestane and letrozol on MCF-7 and T4 7D cells. Results: Low-drug concentrations led to increased VEGF-A gene transcription whereas high (10-fold increased) drug concentra­tions suppressed gene expression. A similar cell reaction was observed for VEGF protein with a smaller variety in the extent of modulation. Incubation of MCF-7 cells to different drugs showed a similar dose-dependent modulation of Angiopoietin-1 gene expression with enhancement at low-drug concentrations. Conclusion: Treatment of breast cancer cells following a preoperative protocol showed a dose-dependent expression of VEGF and Angiopoetin-1. Only high-drug concentrations were followed by a decreased secretion of both factors whereas low concentrations induced up-regulation of VEGF and Angiopoietin 1.

Vascular endothelial growth factor
Breast cancer cells
Preoperative chemotherapy
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