The basis for intrinsic drug resistance or sensitivity to methotrexate

J. R. Bertino, J. Lin, G. Pizzorno, Wei Li Wei Wei Li, Y. M. Chang

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Natural resistance to MTX in three different types of malignant cells is discussed. Two causes of resistance found were impaired drug uptake and impaired polyglutamylation. These resistance mechanisms have also been described to occur in cell lines with acquired resitance to this drug. In cells with acquired drug resistance, these phenotypic changes may reflect mutations in genes associated with transport of MTX or the enzyme DHFR, or in some circumstances reversion of the cell to a different phenotype without a mutational event. In cells with intrinsic resistance, the genetic mechanism responsible for these phenotypes is not known. Alternate treatment programs, e.g., with TMTX, or with TMTX and CPG2, a folate depleting enzyme, are under evaluation for these MTX resistant neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-285
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Enzyme Regulation
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


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