An Experimental Approach to Increase Selective Tumour Toxicity of Methotrexate

  • M. H. N. Tattersall


Thymidine protects mice bearing leukaemia L1210 and P388 from methotrexate toxicity without impairing antitumour activity. When thymidine containing pellets were implanted subcutaneously in L1210 leukaemia hearing mice, the therapeutic dose range of methotrexate was increased three-fold. The toxic effects of methotrexate in mice may be ascribed to a disturbance of de novo thymidylate synthesis but the antitumour activity must be due to a disturbance of some other folate dependent pathway.


Anti Tumour Activity Folinic Acid Antitumour Activity Purine Biosynthesis L1210 Leukaemia 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. H. N. Tattersall
    • 1
  1. 1.Charing Cross Hospital (Fulham)LondonUK

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