Individual responses to chemotherapy-induced oxidative stress.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Differences in redox homeostatic control between cancer patients may underlie predisposition to drug resistance and toxicities. To evaluate interindividual differences in redox response among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients undergoing standard chemotherapy, urine samples were collected before (T0), and at 1 (T1) and 24 h (T24) after chemotherapy administration. Oxidative status was assessed by urinary levels of allantoin and four F2-isoprostanes, quantified by LC-MS/MS. In all subjects, biomarker levels increased at T1 and returned to baseline at T24. Analyzing individual responses, two patterns were revealed: 10 subjects showed uniform increases of biomarker levels at T1 ("increase" pattern) and 8 subjects showed mixed (increase/unchanged/decrease) responses for different biomarkers ("mixed" pattern). The increase-pattern group had lower pre-treatment (T0) levels of the biomarkers and showed a sharp increase at T1 (64-141%) with a subsequent decrease at T24. The mixed-pattern group had higher pre-treatment biomarker levels and showed no change in biomarkers either at T1 or at T24. These findings indicate that there may be at least two distinct redox phenotypes with different homeostatic mechanisms balancing oxidative stress in humans. Recognizing redox phenotypes in human populations may lead to more precise assessment of health risks and benefits associated with individual redox make-up, and may also help to identify cancer patients who are especially susceptible to drug resistance and/or drug toxicity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Il'yasova, D; Kennedy, K; Spasojevic, I; Wang, F; Tolun, AA; Base, K; Young, SP; Kelly Marcom, P; Marks, J; Millington, DS; Dewhirst, MW

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 125 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 583 - 589

PubMed ID

  • 20830514

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3500598

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-7217

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10549-010-1158-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands