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Exceptional sensitivity of testicular germ cell tumour cell lines to the new anti-cancer agent, temozolomide

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Metastatic testicular germ cell tumours are cured in approximately 85% of patients using cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy. Patients who fail to respond have a poor prognosis, and there is a need for more effective treatments for cisplatin-resistant disease. In this study, it is shown that two of four cell lines derived from human non-seminomatous testicular germ cell tumours are exceptionally sensitive to temozolomide, a new imidazotetrazine which can cross the blood-brain barrier in mice. In addition, three pairs of cisplatin-resistant sublines show little cross-resistance to temozolomide. These data suggest that temozolomide might have activity against non-seminomatous testicular germ cell tumours which have relapsed following cisplatin-containing chemotherapy, and could have a role in the treatment of patients with metastatic lesions in the brain.

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Pera, M., Köberle, B. & Masters, J. Exceptional sensitivity of testicular germ cell tumour cell lines to the new anti-cancer agent, temozolomide. Br J Cancer 71, 904–906 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1038/bjc.1995.176

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