Cyclooxygenase activity and tumor progression

by Cahlin, Christian, PhD

Abstract (Summary)
Invasive growth of malignant tumors is associated with local and systemic inflammation, which may promote progression and metastases. Inflammation is also responsible for appearing manifestations of advanced cancer as fatigue, anorexia and wasting with eicosanoids, proinflammatory cytokines and nitric oxide as mediators. The aim of the present work was to extend information on the significance of cyclooxygenase activity in local and systemic progression of tumor disease. Methods: Murine tumor models (MCG-101, K1735-M2), human carcinomas xenontransplanted to nude mice, tumor cell cultures and tissue samples from human colorectal adenocarcinomas were used. Inhibitors of cyclooxygenase and nitric oxide synthase, antibodies against IL-6 and recombinant IL-12 were used to evaluate effects on tumor growth, inflammation (SAP, CRP, ESR) and host wasting (anorexia, body composition). Expression of proteins was evaluated by immunohistochemistry, western blot and RT-PCR. Signal molecules were quantified by RIA, ELISA and immunoelectrophoresis. Eicosanoids and polyamines were fractionated by HPLC. Cell proliferation was estimated by mitotic counting and flow cytometry. Results: Inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis (indomethacin) reduced tumor growth, attenuated host wasting and prolonged survival in MCG-101 bearing mice with high tumor production of PGE2. By contrast, no such effects were seen in K1735-M2 bearing mice with insignificant PGE2 production. Indomethacin also reduced growth of human tumors on nude mice. There was no clear-cut correlation between overall COX-2 expression in tumors and sensitivity to indomethacin treatment, although COX-2 expression was significantly correlated to tumor PGE2 production; factors that predicted reduced survival in colon carcinoma. IL-6 deficient mice showed reduced tumor growth and wasting. Indomethacin reduced plasma PGE2 levels and wasting in all groups of cytokine knockout mice, but only IL-12 knockouts showed concomitant reduction in tumor growth. Recombinant IL-12 reduced tumor growth in wild type mice, but not so in IFN-? deficient mice. Cytokine knockout tumor-bearing mice experienced anorexia to the same extent as wild types. Our results suggested subtype EP receptors to explain effects by PGE2 exposure to tumor and stroma cells. Systemic inflammation was related to tumor cell proliferation evaluated by p15, TGFb3 and Bcl-2 in tumor tissue. Indomethacin treatment increased tumor tissue expression of IL-6, TNF-?, GM-CSF, TGF?, cNOS decreased expression of b-FGF, angiogenin, vWF and blood vessel density, whereas EGF, VEGF, PDGF A, B, IL-1?, transferrin receptors were unchanged. Cell cycle was prolonged in vivo but not in vitro by indomethacin. NSAID inhibition of tumor growth and host-wasting was not simply related to COX specificity. NOS-inhibitors reduced tumor growth in both MCG-101 and K1735-M2 tumors expressing high amounts of cNOS and iNOS. Synergism between COX- and NOS-inhibition was not observed. NOS inhibition attenuated host wasting to the same extent as indomethacin in MCG-101 bearing mice. Conclusion: Results in the present study demonstrate that cyclooxygenase activity is central in tumor progression with well-recognized host stigmata of systemic inflammation both in experimental and clinical cancer. Such effects are connected to classic tumor growth factors, cytokines and nitric oxide, where redundancy among cytokines was pronounced in development of host deteriorations (cachexia).
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School:Göteborgs universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:MEDICINE; Surgery; cyclooxugenase; PGE2; inflammation; cytokine; nitric oxide; indomethacin; IL-6


Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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