Inhibition of rat prostate tumor growth by an octapeptide analog of somatostatin

Published on Friday, 11 June 2021


Analogs of a potent octapeptide analog of somatostatin (SRIF) H-(D)Phe-Cys-Tyr-(D)Trp-Lys-Val-Cys-Thr(NH2) were synthesized.

Aromatic substitutions for Tyr resulted in little change in inhibitory potency on growth hormone (GH) secretion in the rat.

Substitutions for Val or (D)Trp resulted in analogs with diminished activity.

Substitution of (D)Nal for (D)Phe increased duration of GH inhibition.

Final weights of subcutaneously implanted prostate tumors (R3327) were 41% lower in rats treated with an N-terminal 4-chloro-(D)phenylalanyl analog as compared to vehicle treated controls. The analog had no effect on testicular weight or final plasma testosterone levels.

SRIF analogs may represent an alternative treatment for prostate cancer that would be free of the untoward reproductive effects of other treatments (e.g. LH-RH or castration).


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- Official Web Site: The Di Bella Method;


- 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);

- Publication, 2019 Sep: Effects of somatostatin, curcumin, and quercetin on the fatty acid profile of breast cancer cell membranes (from Di Bella's Foundation);

- Publication, 2020 Sep: Two neuroendocrine G protein-coupled receptor molecules, somatostatin and melatonin: Physiology of signal transduction and therapeutic perspectives (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;

- Congenital fibrosarcoma in complete remission with Somatostatin, Retinoids, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Melatonin, Calcium, Chondroitin sulfate associated with low doses of Cyclophosphamide in a 14-year Follow Up.