Relationship of intracellular concentration and duration of contamination of pirarubicin and adriamycin in human bladder cancer cell lines and human bladder normal mucosa cell line

T. Saika, T. Tsushima, Y. Nasu, N. Akebi, H. Ohmori

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To establish a method for reasonable clinical use of adriamycin (ADM) and pirarubicin (THP) in the intravesical chemotherapy for superficial bladder cancer, intracellular concentrations of these drugs were examined in culture cell lines (T-24, T-24/ADM and FHS736b1) with variable durations of contamination. The intracellular concentration of THP showed a plateau at 15- 30 min. contamination in T-24, and in T-24/ADM, and showed the time dependence of contamination in FHS736b1, human normal bladder mucosa cell line. The intracellular concentration of ADM showed the time dependence of contamination in T-24, T-24/ADM and FHS736b1. And these concentrations of THP were 20 times higher than those of ADM. In conclusion, it seems better that THP was retained for 5-15 min. in the bladder in the intravesical chemotherapy, from the point of view of drug efficacy and preventing side effects. And it seems good that ADM was retained for more than 30 min. in the case with drug sensitive tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)905-909
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Cancer and Chemotherapy
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 30 1996



  • Duration of contamination
  • Intravesical chemotherapy
  • Pirarubicin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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