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Prophylactic effect of bestatin on the onset of invasive mole — clinical and fundamental studies


This study was performed to determine whether bestatin (Ubenimex) has clinical prophylactic effects on the onset of invasive mole and a direct inhibitory effect on the growth of hydatidiform molar cells. A total of 49 patients with hydatidiform mole treated at Nagoya University Hospital from 1984 to 1990 were randomly divided into two groups, a bestatin administered-group and a bestatin non-administered group. Patients in the bestatin group were given 30 mg of bestatin orally and daily for three months just after their molar deliveries. There was no significant difference in age, gravidity, parity and gestational weeks between the two groups. There was also no significant difference in the duration of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) negative conversion in patients without invasive mole between the two groups. However, the incidence of invasive mole in the bestatin group (2/25, 8%) was significantly lower than that of the non-bestatin group (7/24, 29.2%). Nevertheless, there was no significant difference between the two groups in such immunological parameters as PHA skin test, PPD skin test, PHA stimulation index (PHA-SI), white blood cell (WBC) count lymphocytes % per WBC, OKT 3% per lymphocytes, OKT 4% per lymphocytes, OKT4/OKT8 and Leu 11% per lymphocytes. In vitro studies were performed with primary cultured hydatidiform moles. The result was that bestatin inhibited the secretion of hCG and3H-thymidine uptake of hydatidiform molar cells. Thus, a possibility was suggested that bestatin directly inhibits the growth of hydatidiform molar cells and prevents the onset of invasive mole.

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Asada, E., Mano, H., Yamada, A. et al. Prophylactic effect of bestatin on the onset of invasive mole — clinical and fundamental studies. Biotherapy 5, 145–152 (1992).

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Key words

  • bestatin
  • BRM
  • hydatidiform mole
  • invasive mole
  • prophylactic effect