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Stimulation of Kaposi's sarcoma cell growth by urine from women in early pregnancy, the current source for clinical-grade human chorionic gonadotropin preparations.
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PMID:  12190946     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clinical-grade preparations of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) have been shown to be toxic to Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) cells. However, the results of clinical studies using commercial hCG preparations KS remain highly contradictory. More particularly, some hCG preparations could have a paradoxical growth effect on KS. Such discrepant results may be explained by the fact that the anti-KS activity is not associated with hCG itself but with one or more factors that are co-purified with the hormone. We found here that crude urine from first trimester pregnant women, the current source for commercial hCG, had a growth stimulatory effect on KS cells. By contrast, urine from last trimester pregnant women, from non-pregnant young women, from menopausal women and from men exhibited neither a growth stimulatory nor a growth inhibitory effect on KS cells. The amplitude of this pregnancy urine-associated pro-KS activity/hCG unit was higher than that achieved with clinical-grade hCG preparations. Partial co-purification of pregnancy-associated factors during the extraction procedure of commercial hCG from urine may explain the pro-KS activity achieved with some hCG preparations. We, therefore, suggest a cautious use of hCG purified from pregnancy urine for the treatment of KS.
T Simonart; P Hermans; J Delogne-Desnoeck; J P Van Vooren; S Meuris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental dermatology     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0906-6705     ISO Abbreviation:  Exp. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2002 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-22     Completed Date:  2003-03-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301549     Medline TA:  Exp Dermatol     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  365-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Erasme University Hospital, B-1070 Brussels, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Cell Division / drug effects
Chorionic Gonadotropin / isolation & purification,  pharmacology*,  therapeutic use,  urine
Endothelium, Vascular / cytology,  drug effects
Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic / pathology
Sarcoma, Kaposi / complications,  drug therapy*,  pathology
Skin / blood supply
Tumor Cells, Cultured
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Chorionic Gonadotropin

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