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The effect of adrenal steroids and corticotrophin on the growth of a sarcoma of human origin in small laboratory animals.

Authors
  • BUTTLE, G A
  • D'ARCY, P F
  • HOWARD, E M
  • KELLETT, D N
Type
Published Article
Journal
British Journal of Pharmacology and Chemotherapy
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1959
Volume
14
Issue
2
Pages
307–314
Identifiers
PMID: 13662592
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

9alphaFluorohydrocortisone, prednisolone, and hydrocortisone promoted the growth of the human tumour (H.S.l) in weanling rats, but deoxycortone acetate was ineffective even when injected in very high dosage; Cortrophin ZN, a long-acting corticotrophin preparation, was just as effective as cortisone. This effect of corticotrophin on tumour growth was mediated by the adrenal cortex, and was related to the enhanced secretion of adrenocorticoids; some correlation existed between tumour size and adrenal hypertrophy in the corticotrophin-treated rats. The action of adrenal steroids and of corticotrophin in promoting the growth of the tumour is discussed.

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