Urological Research

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 27–34 | Cite as

Comparison of the cytotoxic activities of chemotherapeutic drugs using a human bladder cancer cell line

  • P. J. Hepburn
  • R. T. D. Oliver
  • P. A. Riley
  • B. T. Hill
  • J. R. W. Masters


Many chemotherapeutic drugs have been used to treat patients with advanced bladder cancer, but few of these have been evaluated adequately in phase II clinical trials. Continuous cell lines provide one means for comparing the in vitro cytotoxicities of anticancer agents. In this study, a continuous cell line derived from a transitional cell cancer of the human bladder, which still produces tumours histologically similar to the tumour of origin on xenotransplantation, was used to measure the in vitro cytotoxicities of twelve chemotherapeutic drugs by clonogenic assay. The most cytotoxic agents tested were methotrexate, mitoxantrone, adriamycin, mitomycin C and cisplatin. These in vitro findings are compatible with the activity of these drugs given systemically as single agents in phase II clinical trials in patients with advanced bladder cancer.

Key words

Bladder cancer Continuous cell line Chemotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Hepburn
    • 1
  • R. T. D. Oliver
    • 2
  • P. A. Riley
    • 3
  • B. T. Hill
    • 4
  • J. R. W. Masters
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistopathologySt. Paul's Hospital, Institute of UrologyLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of OncologySt. Paul's Hospital, Institute of UrologyLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Biochemical PathologyUniversity College Medical SchoolLondonUK
  4. 4.Laboratory of Cellular Chemotherapy, Imperial Cancer Research FundLincoln's Inn FieldsLondonUK

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