Prolactin activates the enzyme, glutathione-S-transferase, that detoxifies platinum drugs, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide and etoposide, contributing to the resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapies (LaPensee, Schwemberger et al. 2009). Accordingly, the antagonism of prolactin by Prolanta™ may increase the effectiveness of these chemotherapies , and our own data indicates synergy with taxanes and platinum therapy.


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Howell, S. J., E. Anderson, et al. (2008). "Prolactin receptor antagonism reduces the clonogenic capacity of breast cancer cells and potentiates doxorubicin and paclitaxel cytotoxicity." Breast Cancer Res 10(4): R68.

LaPensee, E. W., S. J. Schwemberger, et al. (2009). "Prolactin confers resistance against cisplatin in breast cancer cells by activating glutathione-S-transferase." Carcinogenesis 30(8): 1298-304.

Human Prolactin And  Chemo

Human prolactin is associated with the development of resistance to platinum and taxane therapies (Asai-Sato, Nagashima et al. 2005; Howell, Anderson et al. 2008; LaPensee, Schwemberger et al. 2009; Levina, Nolen et al. 2009).