Effect of anti-adhesion therapy by a new pseudo-peptide of arg-gly-asp (RGD) on tumor metastasis

Yasuharu Ohnishi, Hideki Fujii, Jun Murata, Takashi Sakamoto, Kenji Tazawa, Masao Fujimaki, Ikuo Saiki

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In order to augment the inhibitory effect on tumor invasion and metastasis, we synthesized a new pseudo-peptide of RGD sequence (FC-336) and examined its inhibitory effect on tumor metastasis in vivo and on the adhesion, migration and invasion of tumor cells in vitro. FC-336 significantly inhibited experimental lung metastasis produced by i.v. co-injection with B16-BL6 melanoma in a dose-dependent manner. The intraportal injection of FC-336 with colon 26-L5 cells, a highly liver-metastatic cell line of colon 26 carcinoma, resulted in marked suppression of metastatic colonies in the liver and reduction of the liver weight, whereas the co-injection of tumor cells with a high dose of RGDS led to slight inhibition of liver metastasis. Multiple i.v. injections of FC-336 after tumor inoculation or the co-injection of FC-336 with tumor cells caused significant inhibition of experimental liver metastasis. FC-336 significantly increased the survival rate for mice compared to untreated controls when co-injected intraportally with tumor cells or intravenously administered after tumor inoculation. Furthermore, FC-336 inhibited the invasion, migration and adhesion of tumor cells in vitro, but it was not more inhibitory than RGDS peptide. Zymographic analysis revealed that FC-336 inhibited the degradation of a gelatin substrate by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) produced by tumor cells, while RGDS peptide did not affect the enzymatic degradation. These results indicate that the pseudo-peptides of RGD sequence, possessing the inhibitory property of degradation by MMPs differently from the original RGD-containing peptides, may provide an advantageous and useful basis for preventing tumor metastasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1004-1009
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Gastroenterological Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)
  • Metastasis
  • Pseudo-peptide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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