France–United Kingdom relations


The first foreign language most commonly taught in schools in Britain is French , and the first foreign language most commonly taught in schools in France is English ; those are also the languages perceived as "most useful to learn" in both countries. About one third of the English language is derived from or through various forms of French. Benign and tumor prostate cells as melatonin target sites In: Melatonin was initially administered to patients with advanced malignancies that were refractory to other types of treatment. Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Admiralty , Philip Stephens , swiftly and secretly dispatched John Byron to the Falklands and round the world.

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From about , Francophiles in Britain and Anglophiles in France began to spread a study and mutual respect and love of the culture of the country on the other side of the English Channel. French and English were already the second languages of choice in Britain and France respectively. Eventually this developed into a political policy as the new united Germany was seen as a potential threat.

Many saw this as symbolic of the connection between the two countries. This period in the first decade of the 20th century became known as the Entente Cordiale , and continued in spirit until the s. After the British fleet was built up to stay far ahead of Germany. However Britain nor France committed itself to entering a war if Germany attacked the other. In Paris and London agreed that Britain would establish a protectorate over Egypt, and France would do the same over Morocco.

Germany objected, and the conference at Algeciras in settled the issue as Germany was outmaneuvered. Britain tried to stay neutral as the First World War opened in summer , as France joined in to help its ally Russia according to its treaty obligations. Britain entered when the German army invaded neutral Belgium on its way to attack Paris ; that was intolerable.

It joined France, sending a large army to fight on the Western Front. There was close co-operation between the British and French forces. The result was the great Battle of the Somme in with massive casualties on both sides and no gains. He promoted the Nivelle Offensive —which failed badly and had negative effects and its effects on the British Army.

The positive result was the decision to form the Supreme War Council that led eventually to unity of command.

The disasters at Passchendaele hurt Britain, its army and civil-military relations. Unable to advance against the combined primary alliance powers of the British, French, and later American forces as well as the blockade preventing shipping reaching German controlled North Sea seaports , the Germans eventually surrendered after four years of heavy fighting. Following the war, at the Treaty of Versailles the British and French worked closely with the Americans to dominate the main decisions.

Both were also keen to protect and expand their empires, in the face of calls for self-determination. Lloyd George was given a similar reception in Paris. Lloyd George worked hard to moderate French demands for revenge. Clemenceau wanted terms to cripple Germany's war potential that were too harsh for Wilson and Lloyd George.

A compromise was reached whereby Clemenceau softened his terms and the U. The British ratified the treaty on condition the U. Thus there was no treaty at all to help defend France. Britain soon had to moderate French policy toward Germany, as in the Locarno Treaties. Both states joined the League of Nations , and both signed agreements of defence of several countries, most significantly Poland. However the outlook of the nations were different during the inter-war years; while France saw itself inherently as a European power, Britain enjoyed close relationships with Australia, Canada and New Zealand and supported the idea of imperial free trade, a form of protectionism that would have seen large tariffs placed on goods from France.

In the s, financial instability was a major problem for France, and other nations as well. His solution in was a return to a fixed parity against gold. France not always able able to turn the tables and use short-term financial advantage as leverage against Britain on important policy matters. They promoted a pro-French policy regarding French security and disarmament policy, the later stages of the Ruhr crisis, the implementation of the Geneva Protocol, the Treaty of Locarno and the origins of the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

London decided Paris really sought military dominance of Europe. Before , most Britons saw France, not Germany, as the chief threat to peace and harmony in Europe. France did not suffer as severe an economic recession, and was the strongest military power, but still it refused British overtures for disarmament. In the s Britain and France coordinated their policies toward the dictatorships of Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany. However public opinion did not support going to war again, so the diplomats sought diplomatic solutions, but none worked.

Efforts to use the League of Nations to apply sanctions against Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia failed. It proved much too weak to deter Germany. It was regarded by the French as the ruining of the anti-Hitlerian Stresa front. Britain and France collaborated closely especially in the late s regarding Germany, based on informal promises with no written treaty. Efforts were made to negotiate a treaty but they failed in , underscoring French weakness. In the years leading up to World War II, both countries followed a similar diplomatic path of appeasement of Germany.

As Nazi intentions became clear, France pushed for a harder line but the British demurred, believing diplomacy could solve the disputes. The result was the Munich Agreement of that gave Germany control of parts of Czechoslovakia settled by Germans. In early Germany took over all of Czechoslovakia and began threatening Poland.

Appeasement had failed, and both Britain and France raced to catch up with Germany in weaponry. After guaranteeing the independence of Poland, both declared war on Germany on the same day, 3 September , after the Germans ignored an ultimatum to withdraw from the country. When Germany began its attack on France in , British troops and French troops again fought side by side.

Eventually, after the Germans came through the Ardennes , it became more possible that France would not be able to fend off the German attack. The final bond between the two nations was so strong that members of the British cabinet had proposed a temporary union of the two countries for the sake of morale: The idea was not popular with a majority on either side, and the French government felt that, in the circumstances, the plan for union would reduce France to the level of a British Dominion.

When London ordered to withdraw the English expeditionary corps from France without telling the French and Belgium forces [] and then refused to provide France a real air support [] the proposal was definitely turned down.

De Gaulle declared himself to be the head of the one and only true government of France, and gathered the Free French Forces around him.

After the pre-emptive destruction of a large part of the French fleet by the British at Mers-el-Kebir 3 July , as well as a similar attack on French ships in Oran on the grounds that they might fall into German hands, there was nationwide anti-British indignation and a long-lasting feeling of betrayal in France. It was officially neutral, but metropolitan France came increasingly under German control. The Vichy government initially controlled Syria until spring and French North Africa until November , and French troops and naval forces therein.

Eventually, several important French ships joined the Free French Forces. Washington maintained diplomatic relations with Vichy until October and avoided recognition of de Gaulle. Following D-Day , relations between the two peoples were at a high, as the British were greeted as liberators. Following the surrender of Germany in May , the UK and France became close as both feared the Americans would withdraw from Europe leaving them vulnerable to the Soviet Union 's expanding communist bloc.

The UK was successfully in strongly advocating that France be given a zone of occupied Germany. Both states were amongst the five Permanent Members of the new UN Security Council , where they commonly collaborated. However, France was bitter when the United States and Britain refused to share atomic secrets with it.

The upshot was France developed its own nuclear weapons and delivery systems. The Cold War began in , as the United States, with strong British support, announced the Truman Doctrine to contain Communist expansion and provided military and economic aid to Greece and Turkey. In the Suez Canal , previously owned by an Anglo-French company, was nationalised by the Egyptian government. The British and the French were both strongly committed to taking the canal back by force.

The Americans, while opposed to Nasser, refused to become involved with what many regarded as European colonialism, putting severe strain on the Anglo-American special relationship. The relations between Britain and France were not entirely harmonious, as the French did not inform the British about the involvement of Israel until very close to the commencement of military operations. Immediately after the Suez crisis Anglo-French relations started to sour again, and only since the last decades of the 20th century have they improved towards the peak they achieved between and In particular, President Charles de Gaulle 's attempts to exclude the British from European affairs during France's early Fifth Republic are now seen by many in Britain as a betrayal of the strong bond between the countries, and Anthony Eden 's exclusion of France from the Commonwealth is seen in a similar light in France.

British policy has favoured an expansion of the Community and free trade while France has advocated a closer political union and restricting membership of the Community to a core of Western European states. In with France mired in a seemingly unwinnable war in Algeria , Charles de Gaulle , the wartime leader of the Free French , returned to power in France.

He created the Fifth French Republic , ending the post-war parliamentary system and replacing it with a strong Presidency, which became dominated by his followers—the Gaullists. De Gaulle made ambitious changes to French foreign policy—first ending the war in Algeria, and then withdrawing France from the NATO command structure.

French policy blocking British entry into the European Economic Community EEC was primarily motivated by political rather than economic considerations.

In , as in , de Gaulle was determined to preserve France's dominance within the EEC, which was the foundation of the nation's international stature. His policy was to preserve the Community of Six while barring Britain. Although France succeeded in excluding Britain in the short term, in the longer term the French had to adjust their stance on enlargement in order to retain influence.

When de Gaulle resigned in , a new French government under Georges Pompidou was prepared to open a more friendly dialogue with Britain. He felt that in the economic crises of the s Europe needed Britain. The two countries' relationship was strained significantly in the lead-up to the War in Iraq.

Britain and its American ally strongly advocated the use of force to remove Saddam Hussein , while France with China, Russia, and other nations strongly opposed such action, with French President Jacques Chirac threatening to veto any resolution proposed to the UN Security Council. However, despite such differences Chirac and then British Prime Minister Tony Blair maintained a fairly close relationship during their years in office even after the Iraq War started.

Following his election in , President Nicolas Sarkozy attempted to forge closer relations between France and the United Kingdom: In March , Sarkozy made a state visit to Britain, promising closer cooperation between the two countries' governments in the future. His response to the result was "I profoundly regret this decision for the United Kingdom and for Europe, but the choice is theirs and we have to respect it. Economy Minister and, currently, President, Emmanuel Macron accused the UK of taking the EU "hostage" with a referendum called to solve a domestic political problem of eurosceptics and that "the failure of the British government [has opened up] the possibility of the crumbling of Europe.

In contrast, the vote was welcomed by Eurosceptic political leaders and presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as a victory for "freedom".

On 2 November , France and the UK signed two defence co-operation treaties. They provide for the sharing of aircraft carriers, a strong joint reaction force, a common nuclear simulation centre in France, a common nuclear research centre in the UK, sharing air-refuelling tankers and joint training. Their post-colonial entanglements have given them a more outward focus than the other countries of Europe, leading them to work together on issues such as the Libyan Civil War. Exports to France rose Over the same period, French exports to Britain rose 5.

It provides funding for British and French students to study for one academic year on the other side of the Channel. The scheme aims to favour mutual understanding and to promote exchanges between the British and French leaders of tomorrow. The programme was initiated by Sir Christopher Mallaby , British ambassador to France between and The Concorde supersonic commercial aircraft was developed under an international treaty between the UK and France in , and commenced flying in In general, France is regarded with favour by Britain in regard to its high culture and is seen as an ideal holiday destination, whilst France sees Britain as a major trading partner.

Both countries are famously contemptuous of each other's cooking, many French claiming all British food is bland and boring, whilst many British claim that French food is inedible. Whether this is representative of true opinion or not is open to debate. Sexual euphemisms with no link to France, such as French kissing , or French letter for a condom, are used in British English slang.

French classical music has always been popular in Britain. English literature , in particular the works of Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare , has been immensely popular in France. In general, most of the more popular books in either language are translated into the other. The first foreign language most commonly taught in schools in Britain is French , and the first foreign language most commonly taught in schools in France is English ; those are also the languages perceived as "most useful to learn" in both countries.

Both use French to some degree, mostly in an administrative or ceremonial capacity. Jersey Legal French is the standardized variety used in Jersey.

Both languages have influenced each other throughout the years. Due to the intertwined histories of England and continental possessions of the English Crown, many formal and legal words in Modern English have French roots. For example, buy and sell are of Germanic origin, while purchase and vend are from Old French. In the sport of rugby union there is a rivalry between England and France. England have the edge in both tournaments, having the most outright wins in the Six Nations and its previous version the Five Nations , and most recently knocking the French team out of the and World Cups at the semi-final stage, although France knocked England out of the Rugby World Cup with a convincing score in their quarter final match.

Though rugby is originally a British sport, French rugby has developed to such an extent that the English and French teams are now stiff competitors, with neither side greatly superior to the other. The influence of French players and coaches on British football has been increasing in recent years and is often cited as an example of Anglo-French cooperation. In March their Emirates stadium was chosen as the venue for a meeting during a state visit by the French President precisely for this reason.

Many people blamed the then French President Jacques Chirac for contributing to Paris' loss to London in its bid for the Summer Olympics after he made deregatory remarks about British cuisine and saying that "only Finnish food is worse".

The IOC committee which would ultimately decide to give the games to London had two members from Finland. The Channel Tunnel French: Le tunnel sous la Manche ; also referred to as the Chunnel [] [] is a Ideas for a cross-Channel fixed link appeared as early as , [] [] but British political and press pressure over compromised national security stalled attempts to construct a tunnel. There are lists of twinnings including those to towns in other countries at List of twin towns and sister cities in France and at List of twin towns and sister cities in the United Kingdom.

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How cordial is the entente? All you need to know - BBC News". A New Introduction Warren Hollister, "The strange death of William Rufus. Black, The Reign of Elizabeth , 2nd ed. Oxford UP, p. From the Earliest Times to the Present Day Historical Dictionary of the Elizabethan World: Britain, Ireland, Europe and America. The Old Regime, pp Trevelyan, A Shortened History of England p The growth of experimental prostatic cancers is effectively blocked by melatonin only if they are androgen-dependent or possess melatonin receptors, 39 , 40 androgen-insensitive tumor sub-lines are refractory 41 , 42 or may even be stimulated.

The pineal hormone prolonged survival only if chronic night-time administration in drinking water was initiated by day 30 of life, 58 i. It is well conceivable that if melatonin treatment is started even earlier in postnatal life or if maternal melatonin secretion is modulated it could affect spontaneous endometrial cancer development even more profoundly. The validity of this assumption requires to be tested by further experiments in this as well as on other spontaneous hormone-dependent tumors such as breast cancer-prone C3H mice which are known to be inhibited by melatonin.

The mechanism involved in the inhibition of well-differentiated tumors by melatonin not only consists of a neuroendocrine hormone-receptor-mediated component but is likely to include immune-mediated processes leading to tumor rejection. Melatonin possesses well-documented stimulatory effects on different parts of the haematopoietic and immune systems 6 , 63 involving both membrane and nuclear melatonin receptors.

According to recent experiments of D. Blask and his group evidence exists that melatonin controls tumor growth by inhibiting the metabolism of linoleic acid to hydroxyoctadecadienoic acid HODE , 68 , 69 an important mitogenic signalling molecule which amplifies EGF-responsive mitogenesis and thus stimulates cancerous growth. Melatonin has been shown to inhibit the proliferation of a number of in-vitro cell lines at physiological concentrations including the human mammary cancer cell lines MCF-7, 71 , 72 T47D and ZR, 47 , 73 , 74 the prostate cell-line LNCaP, 75 , 76 biopsies derived from human melanomas 77 as well as a murine adenohypophyseal prolactinoma.

This included the human cell line HEp-2 originating from a laryngeal carcinoma, K being an erythroleukemia, EFO of human ovarian origin as well as the mammary cell line EFM 52 , 79 for a detailed review see ref. Also in case of MCF-7 cells the inhibitory action of melatonin is not always observable and appears to be confined to certain sub-clones. In endometrial cancer cell-lines it was found that only estrogen receptor positive SNG-II but not estrogen receptor negative cells Ishikawa were inhibited by melatonin.

A missing inhibitory effect of melatonin on tumor cells can be explained by a progressing loss of differentiation leading to not only absence of receptors for sex-steroids but also for melatonin. The detailed mechanisms involved are under investigation by ongoing studies. According to findings of Gilad et al 92 melatonin possesses only a transient inhibitory effect on androgen-dependent benign human prostatic epithelial cells since the pineal hormone inactivates its own receptors via a protein kinase C-mediated mechanism.

This indicates that the growth-inhibitory action of melatonin on sex-steroid hormone dependent cells can be subtle and may be confined to certain phases of the cell cycle. From these findings it is plausible why a progressing loss of differentiation of cancer cells affecting both melatonin and other hormone receptors of cancer cells is bound to lead to insensitivity to melatonin.

A typical example for this was found in case of a human melanoma cell line where the pineal hormone inhibited only early passages which were well-differentiated and slow-growing whereas undifferentiated and fast-growing late passages were refractory and were even stimulated at millimolar concentrations Stimulation of cancer cells by melatonin does not appear to be an uncommon feature since the pineal hormone stimulated the growth of some primary cell cultures derived from human mammary as well as ovarian tumor biopsies.

Clinical trials have been confined to patients suffering from advanced or even terminal malignancies since melatonin is not an officially approved drug which underwent systematic studies to determine its efficacy as well as toxicity. Comprehensive reviews of the studies performed until now were published recently.

From the experience of this group having treated several hundreds of cancer patients it appears that the pineal hormone may indeed possess favourable effects if given in the late afternoon or evening to superimpose the endogenous surge of the hormone. Melatonin was initially administered to patients with advanced malignancies that were refractory to other types of treatment. Also in other related studies 98 , 99 melatonin did not effectively stop or slow down the course of advanced malignant tumor processes underlining that the pineal hormone cannot not be viewed as a cytostatic agent.

Lissoni, however, often had the impression that melatonin treatment led to an improved general condition of his patients.

This observation encouraged him to perform further studies on more than patients affected by terminal malignant disease. These studies were mostly performed under randomised conditions using melatonin at mg per day and achieved the following results: The greatest number of patients treated by Lissoni with melatonin received the pineal hormone in combination with interleukin-2 IL-2 , a lymphokine which is known to possess considerable side-effects leading among others to high fever as well as hypotension.

This treatment if combined with melatonin mg per day was found to be better tolerated and the therapeutic results were improved: This effect of melatonin is most probably due to the well-documented sleep-inducing effect of the pineal hormone as well as a supportive effect on the endorphin system leading to reduction of pain.

According to the critical review of Hrushesky 95 the clinical results obtained so far with melatonin by Lissoni and colleagues are encouraging and justify a further systematic verification under double-blind placebo controlled conditions. If these results will indeed be confirmed they would justify a use of melatonin in cancer patients as an effective supportive measure to optimise existing oncotherapeutic strategies.

Initially, the circadian profiles of urinary melatonin excretion were analysed in untreated postmenopausal Indian patients suffering from breast cancer mostly primary localized tumors as well as in controls with uterovaginal prolapse. This depression showed a tumor-size dependency being more pronounced if big tumors were present T3: Since the main metabolite of melatonin, 6-sulfatoxymelatonin aMT6s , was found to show parallel circadian changes to melatonin in serum among patients with primary breast cancer it was concluded that the observed changes of melatonin in these individuals were not due to a modified hepatic metabolism of the pineal hormone.

This finding paved the way for further studies using the noninvasive measurement of nocturnal urinary aMT6s to estimate the levels of circulating melatonin. In contrast to endometrial cancer it appears that the presence of cervical cancer hardly affects circulating melatonin.

Karasek et al, however, did not detect changes of the circadian profiles of serum melatonin in patients suffering from ovarian cancer. It is conceivable that intra-ovarian melatonin production may have contributed to the high levels of circulating melatonin observed in some of these patients.

In two consecutive studies performed under comparable clinical conditions using the same RIA-methodology the circadian rhythm of serum melatonin was determined in untreated patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy BPH or with primary localized malignant prostate PC tumors. Patients with PC showed extremely low levels of nocturnal melatonin.

Interestingly, patients with so-called incidental carcinomas PCi which are small foci of highly differentiated malignant cells detected during the histological examination of BPH showed nocturnal serum melatonin concentrations that were higher than in BPH patients.

In contrast to Kvetnaia et al Karasek et al 96 found highly significantly elevated levels of nocturnal serum melatonin in thyroid cancer patients compared to healthy age-matched controls. It could well be that this elevation was due to the presence of distant metastases since elevated levels of melatonin were also detected in breast and prostate cancer patients suffering from disseminated disease.

In an earlier study Kvetnoi and Levin detected a phase delay of urinary melatonin excretion in such patients leading to depressed levels at night and elevated levels in the morning. In patients with primary unoperated colorectal carcinoma, with or without metastases, Khoory and Stemme observed a very pronounced depletion of nocturnal plasma melatonin. Incongruent changes were found for the 24h urinary excretion of aMT6s in patients with osteosarcoma: In Hodgkin's sarcoma Lissoni et al observed clearly elevated concentrations of nocturnal circulating melatonin.

From the above summarized results in patients with cancer of the reproductive tract or outside of the same it is obvious that melatonin can show considerable variations with respect to the levels of circulating melatonin even among patients affected by the same tumor type. Further studies are therefore required to better understand the mechanisms involved in such changes.

For this purpose, studies analysing melatonin secretion and production in tumor-bearing animals are relevant. Initially, Vera Lapin observed a negative correlation between pineal melatonin content and tumor-size in rats bearing Yoshida tumors indicating an inhibition of pineal melatonin biosynthesis by cancer growth. This view was supported by studies of Leone and Skene as well as Schmidt et al who found that supernatants of cancer cells inhibit the production of pineal melatonin under in vitro conditions.

As opposed to that, it was observed in F Fischer rats with DMBA-induced mammary tumors that their circannual rhythm of nocturnal urinary aMT6s-excretion was obliterated due to an elevated melatonin production. This reduction was not caused by cachexia since other amino acids remained unchanged [Bartsch C. Maestroni and Conti found that human mammary cancer tissue binds considerable amounts of melatonin. This renders an additional explanation for the observed depression of circulating melatonin in patients as well as animals with advanced tumors.

It is conceivable that not only melatonin but also its precursor tryptophan may be trapped by cancer cells thus contributing to a deficiency of this amino acid in blood. Slominski et al recently reported that tryptophan is converted to melatonin within melanoma cells whereas Bartsch et al are assuming that melatonin may be catabolically cleaved to kynurenine derivatives within tumor tissue.

This further adds to the complexity of the metabolism of melatonin in a cancer-affected organism. Further investigations are urgently needed to clarify details of these pathophysiological phenomena.

If circulating melatonin is found to be depressed in patients with localized primary cancers it would appear logical to consider a substitutional therapy with the aim to control the malignant process. Such hopes, however, do not appear to be justified on the basis of the above-described experimental findings since tumor-bearing animals e. As mentioned before, it may be anticipated that this life-prolonging effect is probably due to favourable effects on the sub-systems of the body resulting in an improved neuroimmunological surveillance as well as endocrine balance which may help to control metastatic spread being a central determinant for the patients' prognosis.

An integral part of this so-called neuroimmunoendocrine effect of melatonin on malignancy could be to re-establish and -synchronize circadian disturbances affecting the autonomic nervous including the sleep-wake cycle as well as the neuroendocrine system, , , and perhaps even the central circadian clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus.

The observed elevated production of melatonin in patients with metastases and local recidives could therefore be viewed as an effort of the organism to resist the detrimental and destructive malignant process.

The same could apply to the phase of early tumor development when endogenous melatonin secretion is apparently up-regulated. Finally, a word of caution regarding a potential administration of melatonin to patients suffering from haematopoietic neoplasias such as leukemia: A central question is whether changes of circulating melatonin in cancer patients could be used for diagnostic purposes.

Reductions of melatonin are found in certain types of malignancy, such as breast and prostate cancer, but mainly if medium-sized or large primary tumors are present, i.

Therefore such changes of circulating melatonin will only have a limited diagnostic value compared to conventional tumor markers used in clinical chemistry.

Endogenous melatonin on the other hand is up-regulated if local recidives or distant metastases develop. If melatonin secretion was measured at regular intervals during the course of the malignant disease it would thus be possible to obtain indications for the growth of new cancer cells after surgical removal of the primary tumor. For this purpose noninvasive determinations of nocturnal urinary 6-sulfatoxymelatonin being a reliable estimate of nocturnal melatonin production in cancer patients may be included in the monitoring program of oncological patients parallel to conventional tumor markers.

A similar approach may also be used for the early diagnosis of cancer since the production of the pineal hormone is elevated by the growth of early stages of cancer, such as in case of patients with so-called incidental carcinoma as well as in animals bearing well-differentiated tumors.

Recent studies revealed that the central circadian pacemaker located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei SCN of the hypothalamus is involved in the control of cancer: The circadian production and secretion of melatonin is driven by the SCN and it serves as an important output signal of the central clock conveying information regarding time of day to practically all parts of the body including the SCN itself.

This system is apparently negatively affected by cancer growth and the above-described increasing depression of circulating melatonin in cancer patients and tumor-bearing animals in the presence of localized primary tumors together with temporal neuroendocrine disturbances , can be viewed as a weakening of central control mechanisms over malignancy to facilitate metastatic spread.

The circadian time-keeping system including melatonin is profoundly influenced by shift-work and East-West travels. Recent publications indicate that nurses on rotating night shifts over prolonged periods of time as well as female flight attendants working on long-distance flights seem to possess an increased risk to develop breast cancer. An obliteration of the nocturnal surge of melatonin, fully or even partially, stimulates experimental cancers. Due to the high state of industrialization in Western nations connected with an unlimited access to artificial light it, however, appears likely that such geographic differences no longer exist and that a chronic self-chosen overexposure to light at night leads to a suppression of nocturnal melatonin secretion.

This view is shared by Stevens who initially hypothesized that electric power via an inhibition of melatonin may stimulate breast cancer but he extended this theory to different components of the electromagnetic spectrum including light. The effects of extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields due to alternating currents as well as of pulsed high frequency electromagnetic fields connected with mobile telecommunication on both melatonin - and experimental tumor growth , are still quite controversial but according to our present knowledge appear to have no grave general health hazards.

It has also been hypothesized that drugs which inhibit melatonin secretion may lead to an enhanced risk for breast cancer. There is no evidence that patients after pinealectomy due to the presence of a pineal tumor exhibit an increased cancer risk. The same applies to those individuals who naturally show very low or even absent circadian amplitudes of the pineal hormone.

In order to understand the real pathophysiological role of melatonin for the aetiology of cancer it may perhaps be necessary to correlate life-long individual patterns of melatonin secretion with the trend to develop neoplasias. This, however, is beyond the current scope of medical research. Findings in experimental animals with a tendency to develop spontaneous tumors indicate that there may be a decisive temporal biological window before the onset of puberty during which manipulations of circulating melatonin could decisively modulate the development of endometrial cancer in adulthood.

Turn recording back on. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Madame Curie Bioscience Database [Internet]. Show details Austin TX: Introduction At a time when hopes are starting to fade again that a purely genetic approach in oncology will decisively and effectively control cancer alternative strategies based upon epigenetic mechanisms are being rediscovered. Effect of Melatonin on Tumor Growth The Action of Melatonin on Experimental in-Vivo Tumors When surveying the available literature regarding the action of melatonin on experimental tumor growth in animals 18 indications were found that the pineal hormone can exert divergent effects even within the same cancer model system.

The Action of Melatonin on Cancer Cells under in Vitro Conditions Melatonin has been shown to inhibit the proliferation of a number of in-vitro cell lines at physiological concentrations including the human mammary cancer cell lines MCF-7, 71 , 72 T47D and ZR, 47 , 73 , 74 the prostate cell-line LNCaP, 75 , 76 biopsies derived from human melanomas 77 as well as a murine adenohypophyseal prolactinoma.

Clinical Experience with the Treatment of Melatonin in Oncological Patients Clinical trials have been confined to patients suffering from advanced or even terminal malignancies since melatonin is not an officially approved drug which underwent systematic studies to determine its efficacy as well as toxicity.

Breast Cancer Patients Initially, the circadian profiles of urinary melatonin excretion were analysed in untreated postmenopausal Indian patients suffering from breast cancer mostly primary localized tumors as well as in controls with uterovaginal prolapse.

Patients with Prostate Cancer In two consecutive studies performed under comparable clinical conditions using the same RIA-methodology the circadian rhythm of serum melatonin was determined in untreated patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy BPH or with primary localized malignant prostate PC tumors. Colorectal Cancer Patients In patients with primary unoperated colorectal carcinoma, with or without metastases, Khoory and Stemme observed a very pronounced depletion of nocturnal plasma melatonin.

Patients with Other Types of Malignancies Incongruent changes were found for the 24h urinary excretion of aMT6s in patients with osteosarcoma: Analysis of Melatonin in Tumor-Bearing Animals Initially, Vera Lapin observed a negative correlation between pineal melatonin content and tumor-size in rats bearing Yoshida tumors indicating an inhibition of pineal melatonin biosynthesis by cancer growth.

Potential Diagnostic Relevance of Melatonin in Oncology A central question is whether changes of circulating melatonin in cancer patients could be used for diagnostic purposes.

Potential Significance of Patho Physiological Changes of Melatonin for the Aetiology of Cancer Recent studies revealed that the central circadian pacemaker located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei SCN of the hypothalamus is involved in the control of cancer: Linear genetics, nonlinear epigenetics: Integr Physiol Behav Sci. Muyrers-Chen I, Paro R. Biology of the pineal gland and melatonin in humans In: The Pineal Gland and Cancer: Neuroimmunoendocrine Mechanisms in Malignancy Berlin: Neuroimmunoendocrine Mechanisms in Malignancy.

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