Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 43–47 | Cite as

Preclinical activity of a new platinum analogue, lobaplatin, in cisplatin-sensitive and -resistant human testicular, ovarian, and gastric carcinoma cell lines

  • Andreas Harstrick
  • Carsten Bokemeyer
  • Martin Scharnofkse
  • Gunnar Hapke
  • Dagmar Reile
  • Hans-Joachim Schmoll
Original Articles Cisplatin, Lobaplatin, Resistance, Testicular Carcinoma, Ovarian Carcinoma, Gastric Carcinoma


Lobaplatin [1,2-diamminomethylcyclobutane-platinum(II) lactate] is a new platinum compound with interesting preclinical activity and apparently no nephro- or neurotoxicity that is currently undergoing clinical phase II studies. Little is known about the cross-resistance between cisplatin and lobaplatin. The activity of this new compound in comparison with cisplatin and carboplatin was evaluated in cisplatin-sensitive and cisplatin-resistant human testicular, gastric, and ovarian carcinoma cell lines using 96 h continuous drug exposure in a sulforhodamine-B assay. In three cisplatin-sensitive testicular carcinoma cell lines, lobaplatin and cisplatin showed comparable antitumor activity. The 50% growth-inhibitory concentrations (IC50 values) determined for cisplatin ranged from 0.1 to 0.4 μM, and those found for lobaplatin ranged from 0.25 to 0.5 μM. Carboplatin showed markedly lower cytotoxicity in all cell lines tested. Lobaplatin was not cross-resistant to cisplatin in a 10-fold cisplatin-resistant testicular carcinoma cell line and showed only weak cross-resistance in a 20-fold cisplatin-resistant ovarian carcinoma cell line. In contrast, complete cross-resistance between cisplatin and lobaplatin occurred in two cisplatin-resistant human gastric carcinoma cell lines, which were 3.3- and 9-fold resistant to cisplatin and 3.1- and 6.5-fold resistant to lobaplatin, respectively. Furthermore, lobaplatin showed significant activity against cisplatin-resistant human ovarian and testicular carcinoma xenografts in vivo. These data indicate a high level of activity for lobaplatin at clinically achievable concentrations in drug-sensitive testicular, ovarian, and gastric carcinoma cell lines and a lack of complete cross-resistance to cisplatin. Further clinical development of lobaplatin is clearly warranted.


Carboplatin Carcinoma Cell Line Human Gastric Carcinoma Ovarian Carcinoma Cell Line Gastric Carcinoma Cell Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Harstrick
    • 1
  • Carsten Bokemeyer
    • 2
  • Martin Scharnofkse
    • 2
  • Gunnar Hapke
    • 2
  • Dagmar Reile
    • 2
  • Hans-Joachim Schmoll
    • 2
  1. 1.West German Cancer CenterEssen 1Germany
  2. 2.Department of Hematology and OncologyUniversity of Hannover Medical SchoolHannover 61Germany

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