In Vitro Cytotoxicity, Cellular Pharmacology, and DNA Lesions Induced by Annamycin, an Anthracycline Derivative with High Affinity for Lipid Membranes

Yi He Ling, Waldemar Priebe, Roman Perez-Soler

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Annamycin (AN) is an anthracycline antibiotic with high affinity for lipid membranes which is being developed for clinical studies formulated in liposomes. We studied the in vitro cytotoxicity, cellular pharmacology, and DNA damage induced by AN in P388 cells sensitive and resistant to doxorubicin (DOX). AN was as cytotoxic as DOX against P388-sensitive cells and about 50 times more cytotoxic than DOX against P388-resistant cells (resistance index 5 for AN versus 250 for DOX). Cellular uptake of AN by sensitive cells was 2-3-fold higher than that of DOX. In resistant cells, cellular uptake of AN and DOX was approximately 65% and 30%, respectively, of the cellular uptake in sensitive cells. As a result, cellular uptake of AN by resistant cells was higher than uptake of DOX by sensitive cells. DOX was fully retained in sensitive cells while it was effluxed rapidly from resistant cells. In contrast, efflux of AN was similar in sensitive and resistant cells, thus suggesting that it is not mediated by P-glycoprotein. AN was more effective than DOX in inducing single DNA breaks, double DNA breaks, and DNA-protein cross-links, both in sensitive and resistant cells, although DNA damage was lower in resistant cells than in sensitive cells. DNA lesions induced by AN in resistant cells were similar to or greater than those induced by DOX in sensitive cells. These studies indi-cate that the lack of cross-resistance between DOX and AN appears to be related, at least in part, to the relatively higher cellular uptake of AN compared with DOX and is associated with the ability of AN to induce significant DNA damage in resistant cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1583-1589
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1993
Externally publishedYes


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  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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