Biochemical Modulation of Anticancer Agents: Experimental and Clinical Approaches

Proceedings of the 18th Annual Detroit Cancer Symposium Detroit, Michigan, USA — June 13–14, 1986

  • Frederick A. Valeriote
  • Laurence H. Baker

Part of the Developments in Oncology book series (DION, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Randall Johnson, Fred Valeriote
    Pages 1-21
  3. Brian Leyland-Jones, Peter J. O’Dwyer
    Pages 131-152
  4. Youcef M. Rustum, Joel Campbell
    Pages 153-170
  5. J. Martin Brown, David G. Hirst, Michael R. Horsman, Yvonne C. Taylor
    Pages 171-189
  6. John E. Biaglow, Marie E. Varnes, Edward P. Clark, Edward R. Epp
    Pages 205-244
  7. Robert F. Ozols, Thomas C. Hamilton, Karen G. Louie, Brent C. Behrens, Robert C. Young
    Pages 277-293
  8. Guy G. Chabot, Frederick A. Valeriote
    Pages 295-323

About this book


Biochemical Modulation at the present time defines an area of study in which the intracellular metabolism of a given anti­ cancer agent is modulated (usually by a noncytotoxic agent or a cytotoxic agent at sufficiently low dosage to make it non­ cytotoxic) in order to either increase the effectiveness of the particular agent against tumor cells or decrease its cytotox­ icity against normal cells. The major focus of modulation has been the agents 5-fluorouracil (FUra), arabinofuranosylcytosine (ara-C), methotrexate (MTX) and a few alkylating agents. The major thrust of the studies has been to increase the flow of the anticancer agent along the pathway responsible for the formation of the cytotoxic species: for example, FUra to FUTP or ara-C to ara-CTP. While in most cases the application of research re­ sults to clinical trials does not require the subsequent exper­ tise of the laboratory researchers, application of biochemical modulatory schemes to clinical protocols necessitate a dramatic break with the past procedures. As shown in the laboratory­ clinical loop below, close collaboration between the laboratory and clinical investigator is essential. While the laboratory REDEFINE TECHNOLOGY, TESTS OR QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER THERAPEUTIC ADVANCE CLINICAL EXPERIMENTAL PROTOCOL (LABORATORY) RESEARCH STUDIES DEFINE AND TEST APPROPRIATE SCIENTIFIC PARAMETERS results define rationally-based regimens, it is essential that the clinical protocols contain the requirement that clinical material (either tumor or normal tissues) be sampled to deter­ mine whether the biochemical modulation being proposed is in fact beinq accomplished.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Frederick A. Valeriote
    • 1
  • Laurence H. Baker
    • 1
  1. 1.Wayne State University School of MedicineDetroitUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9432-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2331-0
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