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Abstract Title:

β-elemene combined with temozolomide in treatment of brain glioma.

Abstract Source:

Biochem Biophys Rep. 2021 Dec ;28:101144. Epub 2021 Sep 28. PMID: 34622038

Abstract Author(s):

Xiaomin Zhang, Yidan Chen, Ju Yao, Yingxin Zhang, Mengying Li, Bo Yu, Kaifeng Wang

Article Affiliation:

Xiaomin Zhang


Temozolomide (TMZ) is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent for malignant glioma.β-Elemene has been reported to have the ability of passing through the blood-brain barrier and reverse multidrug resistance. In the present study, transport of drugs through the in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB) model also suggested that β-elemene can assist in TMZ transport to the brain. Plasmaand brain pharmacokinetics demonstrated that when β-elemene is used in combination with TMZ, the metabolic rate of TMZ in plasma is slowed, and mean residence time (MRT) in brain is prolonged. The brain tissue distribution at 1 h indicated that the combination of TMZ and β-elemene promotes the distribution of β-elemene in the brain but slightly reduces the distribution of TMZ in the brain. Furthermore the antitumor effect and toxicity in vivo were also investigated. The combination of β-elemene and TMZ was well tolerated and significantly inhibited tumor growth in glioma xenografts. In summary, the present study indicates a synergistic antitumor effect of β-elemene and TMZ in glioma.

Study Type : Animal Study

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