Efficacy of paclitaxel/dexamethasone intra-tumoral delivery in treating orthotopic mouse breast cancer Academic Article uri icon


  • The effect of topical co-administration of promoter drugs with paclitaxel to increase anti-tumor effects of paclitaxel was investigated. Mice with orthotopic 4T1-Luc breast cancer received single intra-tumoral injection of a polymeric formulation with paclitaxel and a specific promoter drug. Several promoter drugs were evaluated, including: dexamethasone, losartan, nicotinamide, Azone, and oleic acid. Dexamethasone exhibited the highest effect on paclitaxel anti-tumor activity, in a dose-dependent fashion. However, this effect was accompanied by systemic effects of dexamethasone, and inability to prevent tumor metastasis to the lungs. Topical co-administration of promoter drugs with anti-cancer agents can enhance their anti-tumor effects. Further investigations are needed to identify the most efficient combinations of promoter and anti-cancer drugs, and their suitability for the clinical management of the breast cancer disease.

publication date

  • June 1, 2018