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Low-Molecular-Weight Heparins Inhibit Tumor Growth, Study Shows

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April 15, 2008
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Roswell Park Cancer Institute
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Low-molecular-weight heparins block the formation of new blood vessels and prevent tumor growth, according to the results of a study. Angiogenesis -- the development of new blood vessels -- fuels cancer cell reproduction. The use of low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) has been shown to extend survival in cancer patients by reducing the clotting action of blood. However, the mechanism is unclear.

Low-molecular-weight heparins block the formation of new blood vessels and prevent tumor growth, according to the results of a study by Michael Wong, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Department of Medicine, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI).

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Angiogenesis − the development of new blood vessels − fuels cancer cell reproduction. The use of low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) has been shown to extend survival in cancer patients by reducing the clotting action of blood. However, the mechanism is unclear.

This study tested the hypothesis that sequestering blood vessel growth factors, such as fibroblast growth factor (FGF), would interfere with angiogenesis and lead to tumor cell death. The hypothesis was tested in a model group of a highly vascularized tumors treated with varying amounts of heparin and LMWH and compared with a model group that was untreated.

Researchers report that LMWHs interfered with the signaling in the blood vessel growth pathway and significantly inhibited the growth of highly vascular tumors. This was in contrast to the non-treated model, which exhibited a large number of blood vessels and a well-constructed vasculature.

“This study indicated that low-molecular-weight heparins strip and sequester a blood vessel growth factor, in this case FGF, away from its receptor and reduce vascular tumor growth,” said Dr. Wong. “Heparins are already in clinical use and by elucidating the antitumor effects, we hope to have an immediate beneficial impact on cancer patients.”

The abstract “Low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) inhibit tumor growth through the sequestration of angiogenic cytokines” was presented on April 13 at at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in San Diego, CA.


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