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Tomoki Todo, Eric F. Adams and Rudolf Fahlbusch

✓ In a previous study, the authors demonstrated that meningioma cells secrete platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-like molecules that stimulate their own growth in an autocrine manner. Based on that finding, a study was undertaken to examine the effect of trapidil, a drug known to have an antagonistic action against PDGF, on cell proliferation of human meningiomas in culture. Trapidil showed a dose-dependent inhibition of meningioma cell proliferation in the absence of any exogenous mitogenic stimulation. The maximum effect was observed at a concentration of 100 µg/ml, with the decrease in cell growth ranging from 16% to 54% compared to control samples. Trapidil similarly inhibited the basal deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) synthesis assessed by [3H]-thymidine incorporation in three of seven meningiomas. While the conditioned medium generated from meningioma cells remarkably stimulated the proliferation of meningioma cells (166% to 277% of control), this effect was strikingly inhibited by the addition of trapidil. Trapidil also inhibited conditioned medium-stimulated DNA synthesis, even when there was no effect on basal DNA synthesis. Furthermore, trapidil significantly inhibited the epidermal growth factor (EGF)-stimulated proliferation of meningioma cells. This inhibitory effect on EGF-stimulated cell proliferation was also observed in nontumorous fibroblasts, demonstrating that trapidil is not an antagonist specific to PDGF. The addition of trapidil (30 µg/ml) in combination with bromocriptine (1 µM) showed an additive inhibitory effect on the meningioma cell growth compared to trapidil or bromocriptine alone. The overall results suggest that trapidil exhibits an inhibitory effect on meningioma cell proliferation through blocking the mitogenic stimulation induced by autocrine or exogenous growth factors, and may be considered as a possible new approach to the medical treatment of meningiomas.

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Hormonal dependency of cerebral meningiomas

Part 2: In vitro effect of steroids, bromocriptine, and epidermal growth factor on growth of meningiomas

Eric F. Adams, Uwe M. H. Schrell, Rudolf Fahlbusch and Paul Thierauf

✓ Cell culture and biochemical techniques have been employed to examine the effects of steroids, bromocriptine, and epidermal growth factor (EGF) on the growth and proliferative potential of meningiomas. In cell culture, the growth of meningiomas was not altered by progestogens, antiprogestogens, or 17β-estradiol. The progestogen, norethisterone, had no effect on the uptake by meningioma cell cultures of 3H-thymidine. Furthermore, cytosolic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) polymerase activity of meningiomas did not correlate with the progesterone receptor status of the same tumors. In contrast, the androgen antagonists, cyproterone acetate and 11-α-hydroxyprogesterone, and the dopamine agonist, bromocriptine, all inhibited the in vitro growth of meningioma cells. The growth of meningioma cell cultures was stimulated by EGF, and there was a positive correlation between the EGF content and DNA polymerase activity in meningioma cytosols. These results demonstrate that female sex steroids do not influence growth of meningiomas in vitro, whereas antiandrogens and bromocriptine have an antiproliferative effect. Consequently, bromocriptine and antiandrogens may have a role in the medical treatment of meningiomas. In addition, these results suggest that EGF may be involved in the genesis and/or progression of meningiomas.

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Tomoki Todo, Eric F. Adams, Rudolf Fahlbusch, Theodor Dingermann and Herbert Werner

✓ The authors have previously shown that meningioma-derived conditioned medium profoundly stimulates the in vitro proliferation of meningioma cells. In this paper, self-mitogenic agents found in the conditioned medium—autocrine growth-stimulatory factors actually secreted by human meningioma cells—are characterized as proteins related to the B chain of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and possibly to the A chain of PDGF as well. The addition to conditioned medium of a neutralizing antibody against PDGF-BB caused a significant inhibition of the conditioned medium—stimulated DNA synthesis in all three meningioma cultures studied. A similar neutralizing effect was observed with an anti—PDGF-AA antibody in one meningioma culture studied. Gel filtration chromatography of concentrated conditioned medium from two different meningiomas using a Sephadex G-100 column revealed similar profiles from both conditioned media with a major peak of mitogenic activity against meningioma cells at a molecular weight (Mr) of approximately 32 to 36 kD, accompanied by a minor peak at approximately 22 kD. The major peak mitogenic activity was significantly reduced by addition of an anti—PDGF-BB antibody. Western blot analysis of protein extracts from five meningioma specimens was performed using a monoclonal antibody against the B chain of PDGF, and a major band of PDGF-B immunoreactivity was detected at an Mr of approximately 19 kD in all five meningiomas under both reducing and nonreducing conditions. Exogenous human and porcine PDGFs both exhibited a significant dose-dependent stimulation of DNA synthesis in two of three and three of five meningioma cultures examined, respectively. Although not all meningiomas investigated proved to share the biological activity associated with PDGF and these results may be preliminary, it seems that the autocrine growth-stimulatory loop established by PDGF-B—related molecules plays an important functional role in meningioma cell proliferation.

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Uwe M. H. Schrell, Stefan Gauer, Franklin Kiesewetter, Andreas Bickel, Jürgen Hren, Eric F. Adams and Rudolf Fahlbusch

✓ The growth of human cerebral meningiomas depends on various growth factors, including epidermal growth factor (EGF), transforming growth factor (TGF)-α and TGF-β, platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB, insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I and IGF-II, and acidic and basic fibroblast growth factors. The latter three have been shown to form autocrine loops that are thought to be a major component of uncontrolled growth in meningioma tissue. Suramin is known to prevent binding of a variety of growth factors to their receptors in mammalian tissue, thus abolishing para- and/or autocrine-mediated cell growth. The authors therefore tested the effect of suramin on the proliferation of cultured human meningioma cells.

Suramin (10−5 to 10−4 M) significantly inhibited the growth of meningioma cells in culture. The maximum effect observed was with the higher dose (10−4 M), which resulted in a 40% to 70% reduction in cellular proliferation. This effect was observed in all 15 tumor samples studied and was confirmed by [3H]thymidine uptake. In studies using DNA flow cytometry, suramin inhibited meningioma cell proliferation in five tumor samples by arresting cells in the S and G2/M phases of the cell cycle. Growth factor (EGF, IGF-I, and PDGF-BB)—induced cell proliferation was completely abolished in five tumor samples when 10−4 M suramin was applied to meningioma cells. Western blot analysis of three tumor samples showed that the intracellular PDGF-BB content of meningioma cells was significantly reduced after treating the cells with 10−4 M suramin. Binding of iodinated growth factors (that is, [125I]EGF, [125I]IGF-I, and [125I]PDGF-BB) to their receptor sites was prevented by suramin in a dose-dependent manner in 10 meningioma membrane fractions. Lowering of the intracellular PDGF content and prevention of extracellular growth factor receptor binding demonstrates that suramin disrupts autocrine loops and paracrine growth stimulation in meningioma tissue.

These data provide evidence that growth of cerebral meningiomas in culture is strongly inhibited by suramin at a concentration of 10−4 M. Suramin acts as a scavenger neutralizing exogenous growth factors; thus it can interrupt autocrine loops and paracrine stimulation of human meningioma cell growth. The evidence favors suramin as a therapeutic option for controlling meningioma proliferation in patients with inoperable and recurrent high-grade meningiomas.

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Tomoki Todo, Eric F. Adams, Brian Rafferty, Rudolf Fahlbusch, Theodor Dingermann and Herbert Werner

✓ Using cell culture techniques, the authors have previously shown that human meningioma cells secrete an autocrine growth stimulator related to platelet-derived growth factor. Here, they further demonstrate potential autocrine inhibitory regulation of meningioma cell growth by interleukin (IL)-6. Constitutive IL-6 production was detected in all meningiomas studied, in the form of protein as well as IL-6-specific messenger ribonucleic acid. The IL-6 immunoreactivity in conditioned medium from three different meningioma cultures eluted from a Sephadex G-100 column was evidenced by a single peak corresponding to a molecular weight of about 32 kD. Interleukin-6 secretion was remarkably stimulated by tumor necrosis factor-α, IL-1β, and IL-4, and was also influenced by a combination of epidermal growth factor and bromocriptine. Recombinant IL-6 exhibited a significant dose-dependent inhibitory effect on meningioma cell proliferation. The maximum effect was observed at concentrations of 10 to 100 pg/ml, with the decrease in thymidine incorporation ranging from 21% to 35% versus control. Addition of an anti-IL-6 antibody enhanced the growth-stimulating effect of meningioma-derived conditioned medium. The rate of IL-6 secretion tended to show an inverse correlation with meningioma growth rate. The results presented here and the previous results suggest that the regulation of meningioma cell proliferation is defined by a complex network of autocrine stimulation, autocrine inhibition, and influences from multiple exogenous factors.

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Hormonal dependency of cerebral meningiomas

Part 1: Female sex steroid receptors and their significance as specific markers for adjuvant medical therapy

Uwe M. H. Schrell, Eric F. Adams, Rudolf Fahlbusch, Robert Greb, Gustav Jirikowski, Reinhard Prior and Flavio J. Ramalho-Ortigao

✓ Female sex steroid receptors were examined in 50 human cerebral meningiomas. For estrogen receptors, high-affinity binding sites (dissociation constant (Kd): 0.05 to 0.2 nM) were found in the cytosolic fraction with a capacity of less than 4 fmol/mg protein in 10 meningiomas using a dextran-coated charcoal (DCC) assay. In the same cytosolic fraction, the solid-phase enzyme immunoassay revealed only one cytosol with a positive colorimetric reaction equal to 5 fmol/mg protein. However, in the nuclear compartment, none of the tumors stained positively for estrogen receptors with immunohistochemical techniques. In addition, the most convincing evidence for the absence of estrogen receptors was obtained by in situ hybridization using an oligonucleotide probe complementary to a fraction of the human receptor messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). In none of the 50 meningiomas was the expression of estrogen mRNA coding for the estrogen receptor detected.

For progesterone receptors, high-affinity binding sites (Kd: 0.3 to 2.6 nM) were found in 49 of the 50 tumors using a DCC assay. In the same cytosols, solid-phase enzyme immunoassay revealed that each tumor was positive for progesterone receptors. However, in the nuclear compartment, only five tumors had partially positive staining for progesterone receptors with immunohistochemical techniques.

Within the confines of this study, it is concluded that: 1) the estrogen receptor is generally absent in meningioma tissue, and 2) the progesterone receptor is mainly absent in the nuclear compartment, leading to the conclusion that the cytosolic progesterone receptor may be an inactive form. This study suggests that female sex steroid receptors are not primarily involved in the proliferative rate of cerebral meningiomas and that they are of no current significance as markers for adjuvant medical therapy of most meningiomas.