Anordrin Eliminates Tamoxifen Side Effects without Changing Its Antitumor Activity.

Gu W, Xu W, Sun X et al.

Key Laboratory of Contraception Regulation of National Population and Family Planning Commission, Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research, School of Pharmacy, Fudan University, 826 Zhangheng Road, Shanghai, 200032, China.

Scientific reports. Mar 2017.

Tamoxifen is administered for estrogen receptor positive (ER(+)) breast cancers, but it can induce uterine endometrial cancer and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Importantly, ten years of tamoxifen treatment has greater protective effect against ER(+) breast cancer than five years of such treatment. Tamoxifen was also approved by the FDA as a chemopreventive agent for those deemed at high risk for the development of breast cancer. The side effects are of substantial concern because of these extended methods of tamoxifen administration. In this study, we found that anordrin, marketed as an antifertility medicine in China, inhibited tamoxifen-induced endometrial epithelial cell mitosis and NAFLD in mouse uterus and liver as an anti-estrogenic and estrogenic agent, respectively. Additionally, compared with tamoxifen, anordiol, the active metabolite of anordrin, weakly bound to the ligand binding domain of ER-α. Anordrin did not regulate the classic estrogen nuclear pathway; thus, it did not affect the anti-tumor activity of tamoxifen in nude mice. Taken together, these data suggested that anordrin could eliminate the side effects of tamoxifen without affecting its anti-tumor activity.


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