Thymidine phosphorylase mediates the sensitivity of human colon carcinoma cells to 5-fluorouracil.


Interferon-alpha (IFN alpha) potentiates the antitumor activity of 5-fluorouracil (FUra) in colon cancer in vitro, in vivo, and clinically. A likely mechanism for this action is the induction by IFN alpha of thymidine phosphorylase (TP), the first enzyme in one pathway for the metabolic activation of FUra to fluorodeoxyribonucleotides. To test this… (More)


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