Immunomodulatory and Therapeutic Properties of Bestatin in Mice

James E. Talmadge, Barbara F. Lenz, Robin Pennington, Hamblin Phillips, Mark Schneider, Henry Tribble

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In this report, we describe the immunomodulatory properties and therapeutic efficacy of bestatin. Macrophage activation, but not natural killer cell augmentation, was observed both in vitro and in vivo. Immunostimulation of T-cell activity was observed in assays of allogeneic mixed lymphocyte response, but cytotoxic effector cells did not develop after an allogeneic mixed lymphocyte-tumor cell culture. Bestatin also had T-cell adjuvant activity when it was admixed with a suboptimal vaccine composed of irradiated tumor cells. We observed significant therapeutic activity against preexisting experimental and spontaneous metastases when bestatin was administered at high doses per animal for 4 weeks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4505-4510
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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