In vitro antiangiogenic effect of Sandostatin (octreotide) on the proliferation of the placental vessels

Attila Zalatnai, Ferenc Timár

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Background: The somatostatin analog octreotide (Sandostatin) exerts its antineoplastic effect through different mechanisms. There are several in vitro and in vivo studies available demonstrating an antiangiogenic activity, however, some other observations failed to reinforce these results. We investigated the potential angio-inhibiting activity of this drug in an in vitro system using human placental fragments. Materials and Methods: In an in vitro angiogenesis assay, small pieces of human placenta were embedded in a fibrin gel and the effect of 1, 10 and 100 μg/ml Sandostatin was assessed on the microvessel formation. The results were expressed as microvessel counts per mm perimeter. Results: At a dose of 1 μg/mL octreotide did not influence the microvessel outgrowth, however, a 10 μg/ml concentration resulted in a 61% inhibition, while in the samples treated with 100 μg/ml Sandostatin only occasional capillary tubes formed. Conclusion: Sandostatin effectively inhibited the outgrowth of the placental vessels in a dose-dependent manner. In the mechanism of action of this drug the antiangiogenic effect should also be taken into account.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4225-4227
Number of pages3
JournalAnticancer research
Issue number6 C
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2002



  • Angiogenesis
  • In vitro
  • Octreotide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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