Author(s): Lai H, Singh NP, Lai H, Singh NP
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Abstract Rapid cell death, as evidenced by a decrease in cell counts, was observed when molt-4-lymphoblastoid cells, a human leukemia cell line, were exposed to holotransferrin (12 microM) and dihydroartemisinin (1-200 microM). Incubation with either compound alone was significantly less effective. Significantly less cell death was observed when normal human lymphocytes were exposed to a combination of these 2 drugs. Probit analysis of dose-response functions shows that the drug combination is approximately 100 times more effective on molt-4 cells than lymphocytes (LD50s for molt-4 and lymphocytes were 2.59 microM and 230 microM, respectively). This drug combination may provide a novel approach for cancer treatment.
This article was published in Cancer Lett
and referenced in International Journal of Inflammation, Cancer and Integrative Therapy