Metastatic Hormone-Refractory Prostatic Adenocarcinoma Expresses Somatostatin Receptors and Is Visualized in Vivo by [111In]-labeled DTPA-D-[Phe1]-octreotide Scintigraphy

Published on Friday, 22 May 2020


Thirty-one patients with metastatic hormone-refractory prostatic adenocarcinoma were investigated scintigraphically with the 111In-labeled somatostatin analogue [DTPA-D-Phe1]-octreotide (OctreoScan) and with 99mTc-labeled HDP.

In vitro somatostatin receptor autoradiography was performed on biopsies obtained from eight patients with hormone-refractory prostatic adenocarcinoma.

In 30 of 31 patients (94%), at least one metastasis was positive at OctreoScan scintigraphy. Of the 346 lesions detected with 99mTc-labeled HDP bone scintigraphy, 128 were visualized with the OctreoScan technique, thus accounting for a 37% detection rate.

Two uptakes on OctreoScan could not be identified on bone scintigraphy and were, thus, assessed as false positive. The biopsies of the eight patients disclosed a low density of receptors, localized on the tumor cells, as demonstrated with receptor autoradiography.

Two patients with untreated metastatic prostatic adenocarcinoma were investigated in vivo before the start of endocrine therapy.

However, none of the lesions detected by bone scintigraphy in these patients could be visualized with the OctreoScan technique. Positron emission tomography using [11C] methionine showed a decreased uptake in a metastatic index lesion in a patient treated with octreotide.

It is concluded that hormone-refractory prostatic adenocarcinoma expresses somatostain receptors both in vitro and in vivo.

The results obtained form the basis for the development of a new tool for in vivo characterization and of a new treatment strategy in patients with hormone-refractory prostatic adenocarcinoma.


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- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Somatostatin, Octreotide, Sandostatin LAR, analogues and/or derivatives);

- Somatostatin in oncology, the overlooked evidences - In vitro, review and in vivo publications;

- Publication, 2018 Jul: Over-Expression of GH/GHR in Breast Cancer and Oncosuppressor Role of Somatostatin as a Physiological Inhibitor (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- Publication, 2018 Sep: The over-expression of GH/GHR in tumour tissues with respect to healthy ones confirms its oncogenic role and the consequent oncosuppressor role of its physiological inhibitor, somatostatin: a review of the literature (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- Publication, 2019 Aug: The Entrapment of Somatostatin in a Lipid Formulation: Retarded Release and Free Radical Reactivity (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- Publication, 2019 Sep: Effects of Somatostatin and Vitamin C on the Fatty Acid Profile of Breast Cancer Cell Membranes (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Bromocriptine and/or Cabergoline);

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Cyclophosphamide 50mg tablets and/or Hydroxyurea 500mg tablets, one or two per day);

- The Di Bella Method (DBM) in the treatment of prostate cancer: a preliminary retrospective study of 16 patients and a review of the literature;

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- Somatostatin, retinoids, melatonin, vitamin D, bromocriptine, and cyclophosphamide in chemotherapy-pretreated patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma and low performance status;

- Observations on the Report of a case of pulmonary adenocarcinoma with lymph node, hepatic and osseus metastasis;

- Cyclophosphamide plus Somatostatin, Bromocriptin, Retinoids, Melatonin and ACTH in the Treatment of Low-grade Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas at Advanced Stage: Results of a Phase II Trial;

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