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Thermotherapy using magnetic cationic liposomes powerfully suppresses prostate cancer bone metastasis in a novel rat model


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Bone metastasis is a serious problem for individuals with prostate cancer, and the effects of the anticancer drug docetaxel (DTX) are insufficient. We therefore examined the therapeutic potential of magnetic cationic liposomes (MCL) in a novel rat model that allows the evaluation of tumor immunity. The effects of MCL thermotherapy were compared with those of DTX as a conventional therapy for the treatment of bone metastatic prostate cancer.


Prostate tumor tissues were transplanted into the femurs of model rats divided into four groups: control, MCL, DTX, and MCL + DTX. Tumors were injected with MCL, and alternating magnetic field (AMF) irradiation was performed three times a week. Tumor proliferation and bone destruction were evaluated by proliferating cell nuclear antigen positivity, computed tomography, and CD68-positive cell number, while tumor immunity was evaluated by heat shock protein (HSP) 70 expression and CD8-positive lymphocyte number.


We successfully established a novel femur metastasis model of prostate cancer, and demonstrated that tumor proliferation and bone destruction in the MCL and MCL + DTX groups were significantly suppressed compared with control and DTX groups. MCL thermotherapy concurrently induced necrosis and apoptosis. The expression of HSP70 in the MCL and MCL + DTX groups was also significantly increased, and tumor immunity was enhanced through the induction of CD8-positive lymphocytes.


MCL thermotherapy was clearly more effective than DTX in treating bone metastatic prostate cancer. A combination of MCL thermotherapy and DTX therefore deserves consideration as a novel treatment for this disease. Prostate 73: 913–922, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.