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Testicular Cancer
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Effects of heart glycosides and similar substances on prostate cancer cells

Movember Funding to Date

EUR 73,000

What we seek to achieve

To research and define the in vitro benefit of heart glycosides and similar substances combined with standard prostate cancer pharmaceuticals such as cytotoxic drugs in the advanced stages of prostate cancer.

Implemented by
Foerderverein Hilfe beim Prostatakrebs e.V. of Organisation
Project start date
January 2015
Project Status
In Progress

About the project

In this study, substances which are already used in cardiovascular diseases will be examined for its effects on the treatment of prostate cancer.
The objective is to combine these substances with existing chemotherapy approaches. Analysis will be performed to determine whether these cardiovascular treatments increase the efficacy of the chemotherapeutic agents and reduce the side effects of these therapies.

Recently marketed new drugs against the advanced stage prostate cancer have not improved survival rates of metastazised prostate cancer patients. Heart glycosides can reduce prostate cancer cell growth without side effects on surrounding normal tissue.
This project will test the effects of heartglycosides on:
1. Prostate cancer proliferation and apoptosis
2. Docetaxel therapy effectiveness and dosis reduction
3. Genes and proteins modifications
4. Potential for improved treatment of  advanced stage prostate cancer patients 

Expertise included in this project: 
Prof. Dr. H. Taubert, university clinic Erlangen:  coordination, statistical evaluation, publication of results
Dr. Sven Wach, labratory, university clinic Erlangen: statistical evaluation, publication of results       
Prof. Dr. W. Kreis, Dr. F. Müller-Uri, institute for pharmaceutical biology Erlangen: provision and validation of heartglycosides 
Prof. Dr. Jörg Rahnenführer , university Dortmund: extended bioinformatic/statistical evaluation

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