American journal of cancer research

Efficacy of a novel mucolytic agent on pseudomyxoma peritonei mucin, with potential for treatment through peritoneal catheters.

PMID 25232491


Compared to current treatment for pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP), the extraction of solubilised mucin through peritoneal catheter can be minimally invasive. However, mucin has variable appearance that may influence mucolysis. Hence, we investigated the mucolysis of 36 mucin samples with a novel agent. Using visual inspection and hardness index, PMP mucin was classified into three grades. The mucin pathological category was identified from patient record. Subsequently, the dissolution of the samples was tested. For in vitro, 1 g of mucin was treated to the mucolytic agent in 10 ml TRIS buffer at 37 deg. Celsius for 3 hours, with weighing of residual mucin. Control treatment was similar but received TRIS buffer. For in vivo, 2 g of implanted intra-peritoneal mucin in nude rats was treated to mucolytic (2 X 500 ul/24 hr, over 48 hours, plus another treatment before sacrifice at 56 hours, with weighing of residual mucin. Controls were treated but only with TRIS buffer. Six animals were used for each mucin grade (3 mucolytic treated & and 3 controls). Grades of mucin were soft mucin (62%), semi hard (20%) and hard mucin (18%). Diffuse peritoneal adenomucinosis had 50% of soft mucin and peritoneal mucinous carcinoma had 11% (P = 0.0382). In vitro and in vivo absolute disintegration was 100% for soft, 57.38% and 48.67% for semi hard, 50% and 28.67% for hard mucin. Majority of mucin were soft with complete disintegration, the rest showed variable disintegration, suggesting that the mucolytic has potential for treating PMP.