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Microdialysis of 5-S-cysteinyldopa from interstitial fluid in cutaneous human melanoma transplanted to athymic mice
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Clinical Chemestry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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1991 (English)In: Melanoma Research, ISSN 0960-8931, Vol. 1, no 1, 23-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Microdialysis was investigated as a tool for the determination of the extracellular concentration of the pigment metabolite 5-S-cysteinyldopa in human melanoma transplanted to athymic mice. Histology of the tumour with the microdialysis probes in situ showed no tissue damage. With probes equipped with polycarbonate membranes (20 kD) extraction (relative recovery) was approximately 50% at pH 4.0 and flow rates of 1 microliter/min, but at pH 7.0 recoveries were markedly lower, particularly from serum. In a first series of human melanomas transplanted to athymic mice low concentrations of 5-S-cysteinyldopa were detected in only two out of ten dialysates and were not detected in the other eight. Utilizing devices constructed for comparison of membrane characteristics in vitro we found about 4-fold higher recoveries with cuprophane and polyamide membranes than with polycarbonate membranes. Therefore newly constructed microdialysis probes (CMA/11) with cuprophane membranes were tested in vitro and gave recoveries of 38-48% from Ringer-Acetate solutions and 22-31% from serum, and the pH effects were low. When these probes were utilized in a second series of melanomas transplanted to athymic mice, 5-S-cysteinyldopa could easily be quantified in 10/10 experiments. A steady-state level of the dialysate 5-S-cysteinyldopa concentration was reached after 45 min.

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1991. Vol. 1, no 1, 23-32 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13524OAI: diva2:20908
Available from: 1999-05-21 Created: 1999-05-21
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1. Microdialysis as a Tool in Studies of L-Dopa and Metabolites in Malignant Melanoma and Parkinson’s Disease
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Microdialysis as a Tool in Studies of L-Dopa and Metabolites in Malignant Melanoma and Parkinson’s Disease
1999 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A model with human melanoma xenografts transplanted to athymic mice has been adopted for in vivo studies of 5-S-cysteinyldopa (an intermediate pigment metabolite), glutathione, and cysteine. L-Dopa is an intermediate metabolite in pigment formation and is also important in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, and therefore 1 have also studied the pharmacokinetics of this compound.

We were first to describe in vivo microdialysis in melanoma tissue and showed that dialysis membranes of cuprophane or polyamide are suitable for studies of interstitial 5-S-cysteinyldopa and selected thiols. Analytical procedures were also improved for quantitation of 5-S-cysteinyldopa, L-dopa, glutathione, cysteine, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC). In the melanoma xenografts the interstitial concentration of 5-S-cysteinyldopa reflected the high intracellular production of this intermediate metabolite. For in vivo manipulation of glutathione in the melanoma tissue we gave intraperitoneal injection of buthionine sulphoximine to the animals and thus reduced the glutathione concentrations substantially. We showed that restitution of glutathione in melanoma tissue occurs spontaneously and is not much improved by treatment with the cysteine deliverers NAC and L-2-oxothiazolidine-4-carboxylate (OTC). 5-S-Cysteinyldopa was not substantially affected by great variations in glutathione concentrations. Transport of NAC from intraperitoneal injection to melanoma tissue occurred rapidly and deacetylation to cysteine in vivo could be detected soon after NAC injection. In vivo formation of cysteine was slower from OTC than from NAC.

Pharmacokinetic studies of L-dopa in human subjects indicated a slight to moderate protein binding. Plasma free L-dopa had similar elimination T½ as interstitial L-dopa, but in some cases the elimination of total L-dopa was slower. Difficulties in intestinal absorption of L-dopa were revealed by microdialysis in blood and subcutaneous tissue. Studies showed that this was due to delayed emptying of the stomach. L-Dopa intake increased 5-S-cysteinyldopa concentrations in blood within 30 min in patients with Parkinson's disease and a history of melanoma. No melanoma activation occurred during long-term treatment with L-dopa.

Microdialysis is thus a safe and easily applied method for in vivo studies of both pigment metabolites from human melanoma tissue transplanted to nude mice and for pharmacokinetic studies of L-dopa.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 1999. 51 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 588
Microdialysis, L-Dopa, Malignant Melanoma, Parkinson's Disease, in vivo
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Medical and Health Sciences
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-5009 (URN)91-7219-332-8 (ISBN)
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1999-04-09, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
On the day of the public defence the status of the articles IV, V and VI was: Submitted.Available from: 1999-05-21 Created: 1999-05-21 Last updated: 2012-01-24Bibliographically approved

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