The tumor promoter 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate and the antileukemic agent mezerein are diterpene esters of plant origin with certain structural similarities. Both compounds, when applied topically to mouse skin, were equipotent on a molar basis in inducing hyperplasia, inflammation, and ornithine decarboxylase activity, as well as in reducing cyclic adenosine 3':5'-monophosphate accumulation in response to β-adrener-gic stimulation. In contrast, mezerein was much less effective as a tumor promoter; the phorbol ester at 8.5 nmol/application yielded 78-fold more tumors than did 8.5 nmol mezerein per application to similarly initiated SENCAR mice. The superiority of the phorbol ester was nearly as great in CD-1 mice. These results suggest that although the induction of hyperplasia and ornithine decarboxylase activity may be necessary components of the carcinogenic process, they are not sufficient; 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate must accomplish an essential event not accomplished by mezerein.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1979|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research