Although non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including sulindac, have been used extensively as chemopreventive agents for colorectal cancer (CRC), results are not consistent. NSAIDs, most reportedly sulindac, often do not cause a complete regression of adenomas and some patients develop resistance to NSAID treatment. In this study we evaluated the effect of sulindac on colon tumorigenesis in the ApcMin/+ mouse model. Sulindac (180 p.p.m.) given in drinking water for 9 weeks to ApcMin/+ mice significantly reduced the size of colon tumors, but actually caused an increase in colon tumor multiplicity relative to untreated controls (average of 5.5 vs. 1.6 tumors/mouse, respectively; P<0.0001). This indicated that the drug could inhibit colon tumor progression but not initiation. As expected, in the small intestine sulindac significantly reduced tumor size and multiplicity relative to untreated controls (average of 2.3 vs. 42.0 tumors/mouse, respectively; P<0.0001). Generation of a panel of prostanoids was comparably suppressed in the small intestine and colon by sulindac treatment. Sulindac is also known to exert its growth inhibitory effects through regulation of many non-COX targets, including p21, β-catenin, E-cadherin, mitochondrial apoptotic proteins and PPARγ. We found that sulindac treatment protected against E-cadherin loss in colon tumors, with associated inhibition of nuclear β-catenin accumulation. Importantly, p21WAF1/cip1 and PPARγ expression were absent in colon tumors from sulindac-treated mice, suggesting that loss of these proteins is necessary for drug resistance. Together, these observations may be translatable to designing novel clinical therapies utilizing combinations of agents that target multiple molecular pathways to overcome sulindac resistance.
colon cancer; chemoprevention; sulindac; ApcMin/+; p21WAF1/cip1
Both selenium and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) sulindac are effective in cancer prevention, but their effects are affected by several factors including epigenetic alterations and gene expression. The current study was designed to determine the effects of the combination of selenium and sulindac on tumor inhibition and the underlying mechanisms.
We fed the intestinal tumor model Apc/p21 mice with selenium- and sulindac-supplemented diet for 24 weeks, and found that the combination of selenium and sulindac significantly inhibited intestinal tumorigenesis, in terms of reducing tumor incidence by 52% and tumor multiplicities by 80% (p<0.01). Mechanistic studies revealed that the combination of selenium and sulindac led to the significant induction of the expression of p27 and p53 and JNK1 phosphorylation, and led to the suppression of β-catenin and its downstream targets. Impressively, the data also showed that demythelation on p21 promoter was associated with tumor inhibition by the combination of selenium and sulindac.
The selenium is synergistic with sulindac to exert maximal effects on tumor inhibition. This finding provides an important chemopreventive strategy using combination of anti-cancer agents, which has a great impact on cancer prevention and has a promising translational potential.
Selenium; Sulindac; Cancer prevention; Methylation; Wnt/β-catenin
Background & Aims
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are effective cancer chemopreventive agents. However, chronic administration of NSAIDs is associated with significant side effects, mainly gastrointestinal. Given these limitations, we synthesized phospho-sulindac (P-S; OXT-328), a novel sulindac derivative.
Here, we evaluated the safety and efficacy of P-S in preclinical models, including its mechanism of action using human colon cancer cell (HCCC) lines and animal tumor models.
a) Compared to sulindac, P-S is much more potent in inhibiting the growth of cultured HCCC and more efficacious in preventing the growth of HT-29 xenografts in nude mice. P-S also prevents the growth of intestinal tumors in Apc/Min mice, b) in combination with difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), P-S reduced tumor multiplicity in Apc/Min mice by 90%; and c) P-S is much safer than sulindac as evidenced by its in vitro toxicological evaluation and animal toxicity studies. Mechanistically, P-S increases the intracellular levels of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, which are key early mediators of its chemopreventive effect. Moreover, P-S induces spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase enzymatic activity, and together with DFMO it reduces polyamine levels in vitro and in vivo.
P-S displays considerable safety and efficacy, two pharmacological properties that are essential for a potential cancer chemopreventive agent, and thus merits further evaluation.
Colon cancer; Phospho-sulindac; Sulindac; Polyamines; Reactive oxygen species
Sulindac is an FDA-approved non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that affects prostaglandin production by inhibiting cyclooxygenases (COX) 1 and 2. Sulindac has also been of interest for more than decade as a chemopreventive for adenomatous colorectal polyps and colon cancer.
Pretreatment of human colon and lung cancer cells with sulindac enhances killing by an oxidizing agent such as tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) or hydrogen peroxide. This effect does not involve cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibition. However, under the conditions used, there is a significant increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) within the cancer cells and a loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, suggesting that cell death is due to apoptosis, which was confirmed by Tunel assay. In contrast, this enhanced killing was not observed with normal lung or colon cells.
These results indicate that normal and cancer cells handle oxidative stress in different ways and sulindac can enhance this difference. The combination of sulindac and an oxidizing agent could have therapeutic value.
Sulindac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, suppresses carcinogenesis and inhibits growth of tumor cells. Pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC), a potent NF-κB inhibitor, has been also identified as a potential anti-neoplastic agent. We hypothesized that combination of sulindac and PDTC could result in augmentation of cytotoxicity against ovarian cancer cells. The effect of sulindac and PDTC was examined on several ovarian cancer lines. Tumor cell viability was assessed using the MTT assay. Annexin-V/PI staining was used to detect apoptosis, cell cycle distribution was analyzed in FACS, and expression of cellular proteins was detected by Western blotting. Incubation of OVA-14, OVP-10 and CAOV-1 ovarian cancer cells with sulindac and PDTC resulted in significantly greater inhibition of cell viability compared to either compound alone. In a model of OVA-14 cells it was evident that this effect was not related to the expression of COX enzymes since both active (sulindac sulfide) and inactive (sulindac) in vitro compounds affected the growth of tumor cells to a similar extent and synergized in cytotoxicity with PDTC. Combination of sulindac and PDTC lead to G0 arrest and massive apoptosis in co-treated cultures. Western blotting analysis argued for induction of the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. These data demonstrate the synergistic cytotoxic effect of sulindac and PDTC on ovarian cancer cells through apoptosis and cell cycle arrest and prompt to test the efficacy of this combination in animal models.
sulindac; pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate; ovarian cancer; apoptosis
BACKGROUND--Sulindac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which induces regression of colonic polyps in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis. Animal and in vitro studies have shown that both the sulphide metabolite of sulindac, which is able to inhibit cyclo-oxygenase, and the sulphone metabolite, which lacks this ability, are able to inhibit the growth of colonic carcinoma cells. The exact mechanism by which these effects occurs is not known. AIMS--To examine the effect of sulindac sulphide and sulindac sulphone on the expression of APC messenger RNA (mRNA), and on the proliferation of colonic carcinoma cells in vitro. METHODS--The colonic carcinoma cell line LIM 1215 was treated with sulindac sulphide and sulindac sulphone (10 microM or 100 microM) for 24 hours. Total RNA was extracted and APC mRNA was quantitated using competitive reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Measurements of cell number, cell proliferation, and prostaglandin E2 concentrations were also made. RESULTS--A significant increase in APC mRNA was observed after treatment with 10 microM of both sulindac sulphide and sulindac sulphone (control: 37.2 (19.7); 10 microM sulindac sulphide: 129 (112.8); 10 microM sulindac sulphone: 207.7 (102.9) pg/(g total RNA) (p < 0.05). Prostaglandin E2 concentrations were significantly reduced after treatment with sulindac sulphide, but not after sulindac sulphone. Both agents produced a dose dependent reduction in cell numbers and cell proliferation, which was more noticeable after treatment with sulindac sulphide. CONCLUSIONS--Both sulindac sulphide and sulindac sulphone inhibit the growth of carcinoma cells in vitro and cause an increase in APC mRNA. The effect of these agents on colonic carcinogenesis is not mediated entirely by means of an inhibition of prostaglandin biosynthesis.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as sulindac are promising chemoprevention agents against colon cancer, but their weak potency and side effects limit their use for both chemoprevention and chemotherapy. Here, we evaluated the effect of a new sulindac derivative, phospho-sulindac or OXT-922, on the growth of human cancer cell lines and its mechanism of action. OXT-922 inhibited the growth of human cancer cell lines originating from colon, pancreas and breast ∼11- to 30-fold more potently than sulindac. This effect was mediated by a strong cytokinetic effect. Compared with control, OXT-922 inhibited cell proliferation by up to 67%, induced apoptosis 4.1-fold over control and blocked the G1 to S cell cycle phase transition. OXT-922 suppressed the levels of cell cycle regulating proteins, including cyclins D1 and D3 and Cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK) 4 and 6. The levels of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), especially those of mitochondrial O2•−, were markedly elevated (5.5-fold) in response to OXT-922. ROS collapsed the mitochondrial membrane potential and triggered apoptosis, which was largely abrogated by antioxidants. OXT-922 suppressed nuclear factor-kappaB activation and downregulated thioredoxin-1 expression. It also suppressed the production of prostaglandin E2 and decreased cyclooxygenase-1 expression. Similar to sulindac, OXT-922 enhanced spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase activity, reduced the cellular polyamine content and synergized with difluoromethylornithine to inhibit cancer cell proliferation and induce apoptosis. Our results suggest that OXT-922 possesses promising anticancer properties and deserves further evaluation.
Sulindac, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug has shown promise in the prevention of colon cancer but the molecular mechanisms by which it mediates such effects remain to be elucidated. Sulindac sulfide is the major active metabolite of sulindac and believed to be responsible for mediating the effects of sulindac. Previously, our group and others have shown that sulindac sulfide induces apoptosis by engaging death receptor and mitochondrial pathways and that a cross-talk exists between these two pathways during sulindac sulfide-induced apoptosis. Second mitochondrial-derived activator (Smac) is an important pro-apoptotic molecule that activates caspases by antagonizing the inhibitors of apoptosis (IAPs). In this study, we have utilized Smac-proficient and -deficient human colon cancer cells to investigate the role of Smac during sulindac sulfide-induced apoptosis and found that Smac deficiency affects sulindac sulfide-induced apoptosis in human colon cancer cells. Sulindac sulfide-induced apoptosis is coupled with upregulation of death receptor 5 (DR5), and activation of caspases 3, 9 and 8 in Smac-proficient cells. In Smac-deficient cells, although sulindac sulfide-induced DR5 upregulation is not altered, activation of caspases 3, 9 and 8 is affected. Smac deficiency also abrogates sulindac sulfide-induced cytochrome c release from mitochondria into cytosol. Our results, therefore, demonstrate that Smac is involved in sulindac sulfide-induced apoptotic signal transduction in human colon cancer cells and highlight the existence of a potential cross-talk between Smac and cytochrome c.
NSAIDs; Sulindac sulfide; Death receptor 5; Smac; Colon cancer
Our previous studies demonstrated that sulindac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, suppressed intestinal tumor formation in mouse, which is linked to the induction of wild-type p53-activated fragment 1 (p21WAF1, or p21). Here we showed that sulindac also required c-jun N-terminal Kinase 1 (JNK1) to inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis in vitro and in vivo. First, sulindac inhibited cell proliferation and induced apoptosis in colon cancer cell lines HCT116 with wild-type p21 or null p21, which were p21-dependent and were also associated with the induction of p21 and phosphorylation of JNK1. Second, sulindac increased apoptosis in JNK1+/+ and JNK1−/− mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) cells, but, the increase of apoptosis in JNK1+/+ cells was more than that in JNK1−/− cells. More interestingly, sulindac significantly inhibited cell proliferation in JNK1+/+ cells, but the inhibition in JNK1−/− cells markedly decreased. Further studies indicated that JNK1 was dramatically induced by sulindac in the JNK1+/+ cells which correlated with the induction of p21. However, the induction of p21 in JNK1−/− cells was less than that in JNK1+/+ cells. Finally, we determined the expression of JNK1 in the intestinal mucosa of Apc+/−, p21+/+ mice, and found that sulindac significantly induced JNK1 phosphorylation, corresponding to the induction of p21, both in mRNA and protein levels. Our data indicates that sulindac-mediated proliferation inhibition and apoptosis induction were not only p21-dependent, but also required JNK1.
JNK1; p21; sulindac; proliferation; apoptosis
Previously, we reported that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) suppress cellular invasion which was mediated by thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1). As the extending study of the previous observation, we investigated the effect of NSAID-induced TSP-1 on the cellular growth and its related signaling transduction of the TSP-1 production. Among diverse NSAIDs, sulindac sulfide was most potent of inducing the human TSP-1 protein expression. Functionally, induced TSP-1 expression was associated with the growth-compensatory action of NSAID. TSP-1 expression was also elevated by mitogenic signals of ERK1/2 and RhoA GTPase pathway which had also growth-promotive capability after sulindac sulfide treatment. These findings suggest the possible mechanism through which tumor cells can survive the chemopreventive action of NSAIDs or the normal epithelium can reconstitute after NSAID-mediated ulceration in a compensatory way.
Thrombospondin-1; ERK1/2; RhoA
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been shown to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). They are also known to induce the regression of colorectal adenomas, which are precursors to CRC. Despite these evidences, the exact mechanism by which NSAIDs exerts its anti-oncogenic effect is not completely understood. Using a focus formation assay, here we show that sulindac sulfide, a NSAID, specifically inhibits cell transformation mediated by oncogenic Ha-Ras, but not by other established oncogene products such as v-Src, Gα 12, and Gα13. Our results suggest that the ability of sulindac sulfide to suppress transformation is confined to specific oncogenic pathways. Further studies of the sulindac-resistant oncogenic pathways may lead to identification of novel therapeutic agents that are effective in the prevention or treatment of CRC.
Chemoprevention; Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; Oncogene; Ha-Ras; v-Src; Gα12; Gα13; Focus formation assay; Transformation
The nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) sulindac and the ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) antagonist difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), individually and together, are effective inhibitors of colon carcinogenesis. However, chronic use of sulindac is associated with significant side effects. We evaluated the chemopreventive efficacy of phospho-sulindac (P-S, OXT-328), an apparently safe derivative of sulindac, together with DFMO, in HT-29 human colon cancer xenografts. Nude mice were divided into 4 groups: group 1 received vehicle (corn oil); group 2 received P-S (100 mg/kg/d) by oral gavage; group 3 received DFMO (2% in drinking water); and group 4 received P-S (100 mg/kg/d) by gavage plus DFMO (2% in drinking water) (P-S/DFMO). Eighteen days after implantation, compared to controls, tumor volume was inhibited 65.9% by P-S, 52.9% by DFMO and 70.9% by P-S/DFMO (p<0.01 for all). P-S/DFMO reduced cell proliferation 27.1% and increased apoptosis 38.9% compared to controls (p<0.05 for both). Compared to controls, P-S reduced the levels of thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) and thioredoxin reductase (TrxR), whereas DFMO reduced polyamine content (putrescine and spermidine) and TrxR levels. Importantly, P-S/DFMO decreased putrescine and spermidine levels and the expression of Trx-1, TrxR, and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2. Of these molecular targets, TrxR most consistently correlated with tumor growth. Study results show that P-S/DFMO is an efficacious drug combination for colon cancer prevention, and also demonstrate the safety of P-S, which may overcome the limiting side effects of conventional sulindac. P-S/DFMO has an intricate mechanism of action extending beyond polyamines and including the thioredoxin system, an emerging regulator of chemoprevention. P-S/DFMO merits further evaluation.
Phospho-sulindac; DFMO; colon cancer prevention; polyamines; thioredoxin; thioredoxin reductase
PPAR δ was identified as a target of APC through the analysis of global gene expression profiles in human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. PPARδ expression was elevated in CRCs and repressed by APC in CRC cells. This repression was mediated by β-catenin/Tcf-4-responsive elements in the PPARδ promotor. The ability of PPARs to bind eicosanoids suggested that PPARδ might be a target of chemopreventive non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Reporters containing PPARδ-responsive elements were repressed by the NSAID sulindac. Furthermore, sulindac was able to disrupt the ability of PPARδ to bind its recognition sequences. These findings suggest that NSAIDs inhibit tumorigenesis through inhibition of PPARδ, the gene for which is normally regulated by APC.
Neovascularization facilitates tumour growth and metastasis formation. In our laboratory, we attempt to identify clinically available oral efficacious drugs for antiangiogenic activity. Here, we report which non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can inhibit corneal neovascularization, induced by basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). This antiangiogenic activity may contribute to the known effects of NSAIDs on gastric ulcers, polyps and tumours. We found that sulindac was one of the most potent antiangiogenic NSAIDs, inhibiting bFGF-induced neovascularization by 50% and VEGF-induced neovascularization by 55%. Previously, we reported that thalidomide inhibited growth factor-induced corneal neovascularization. When we combined sulindac with thalidomide, we found a significantly increased inhibition of bFGF- or VEGF-induced corneal neovascularization (by 63% or 74% respectively) compared with either agent alone (P< 0.01). Because of this strong antiangiogenic effect, we tested the oral combination of thalidomide and sulindac for its ability to inhibit the growth of V2 carcinoma in rabbits. Oral treatment of thalidomide or sulindac alone inhibited tumour growth by 55% and 35% respectively. When given together, the growth of the V2 carcinoma was inhibited by 75%. Our results indicated that oral antiangiogenic combination therapy with thalidomide and sulindac may be a useful non-toxic treatment for cancer. © 1999 Cancer Research Campaign
basic fibroblast growth factor; vascular endothelial growth factor; corneal neovascularization; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug; cyclo-oxygenase
Regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with a decreased mortality from colorectal cancer (CRC). NSAIDs induce apoptotic cell death in colon cancer cells in vitro and inhibit growth of neoplastic colonic mucosa in vivo however, the biochemical mechanisms required for these growth inhibitory effects are not well defined. We previously reported that metabolites of the NSAID sulindac downregulate extracellular-signal regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) signaling and that this effect is both necessary and sufficient for the apoptotic effects of these drugs. The goal of this project was to specifically test the hypothesis that sulindac metabolites block activation and/or expression of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR).
HT29 human colon cancer cells were treated with EGF, alone, or in the presence of sulindac sulfide or sulindac sulfone. Cells lysates were assayed by immunoblotting for phosphorylated EGFR (pEGFR, pY1068), total EGFR, phosphorylated ERK1/2 (pERK1/2), total ERK1/2, activated caspase-3, and α-tubulin.
EGF treatment rapidly induced phosphorylation of both EGFR and ERK1/2 in HT29 colon cancer cells. Pretreatment with sulindac metabolites for 24 h blocked EGF-induced phosphorylation of both EGFR and ERK1/2 and decreased total EGFR protein expression. Under basal conditions, downregulation of pEGFR and total EGFR was detected as early as 12 h following sulindac sulfide treatment and persisted through at least 48 h. Sulindac sulfone induced downregulation of pEGFR and total EGFR was detected as early as 1 h and 24 h, respectively, following drug treatment, and persisted through at least 72 h. EGFR downregulation by sulindac metabolites was observed in three different CRC cell lines, occurred prior to the observed downregulation of pERK1/2 and induction of apoptosis by these drugs, and was not dependent of caspase activation.
These results suggest that downregulation of EGFR signaling by sulindac metabolites may occur, at least in part, by inhibiting activation and expression of EGFR. Inhibition of EGFR signaling may account for part of the growth inhibitory and chemopreventive effects of these compounds.
We have previously reported that sulindac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, inhibited tumor formation in the small intestine but increased tumors in the colon of ApcMin/+ mice, a model of human familial adenomatous polyposis. To further explore intestinal regional responses, we studied effects of sulindac on additional gene-targeted mouse models of human intestinal tumorigenesis; these were (i) Apc1638N/+ mouse (chain termination mutation in exon 15 of the Apc gene); (ii) Mlh1+/− mouse (DNA mismatch repair deficiency, a mouse model of human hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer) and (iii) double-heterozygous Mlh1+/−Apc1638N/+ mutant mouse. Mice were fed AIN-76A control diet with or without 0.02% sulindac for 6 months. Intestinal regional tumor incidence, multiplicity, volume and degree of inflammation were used as end points. The results showed the following: (i) sulindac inhibited tumor development in the small intestine of Apc1638N/+ mice; (ii) in contrast, sulindac increased tumors in the small intestine of Mlh1 mutant mice, a neoplastic effect which persisted in heterozygous compound Mlh1+/−Apc1638N/+ mutant mice; (iii) sulindac increased tumors in the cecum of all mice regardless of genetic background; (iv) sulindac decreased inflammation in the small intestine of Apc1638N/+ mice, but it increased inflammation in the small intestine of Mlh1+/− mice and Mlh1+/−Apc1638N/+ mice and (v) sulindac enhanced inflammation in the cecum of all mutant mice. Findings indicate that the effects of sulindac in the intestine of these mutant mouse models are probably related to genetic background and appear to be associated with its inflammatory-inducing response.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are promising chemopreventive agents against colon and other cancers. However the molecular basis mediated by NSAIDs for chemoprevention has not been fully elucidated. Environmental carcinogens induce DNA mutation and cellular transformation; therefore, we examined the effect of NSAIDs on carcinogenesis mediated by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor signaling pathway. In this study we investigated the activities of a new class of NSAIDs containing dithiolethione moieties (S-NSAIDs) on both arms of carcinogenesis.
We investigated the effects of the S-NSAIDs, S-diclofenac and S-sulindac, on carcinogen activation and detoxification mechanisms in human hepatoma HepG2 and human colonic adenocarcinoma LS180 cells.
We found that S-diclofenac and S-sulindac inhibited the activity and expression of the carcinogen activating enzymes, cytochromes P-450 (CYP) CYP1A1, CYP1B1, and CYP1A2. Inhibition was mediated by transcriptional regulation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) pathway. The S-NSAIDs down-regulated carcinogen-induced expression of CYP1A1 heterogeneous nuclear RNA, a measure of transcription rate. Both compounds blocked carcinogen-activated AhR from binding to the xenobiotic responsive element as shown by chromatin immunoprecipitation. S-diclofenac and S-sulindac inhibited carcinogen-induced CYP enzyme activity through direct inhibition as well as through decreased transcriptional activation of the AhR. S-sulindac induced expression of several carcinogen detoxification enzymes of the glutathione cycle including glutathione S-transferase A2 (GSTA2), glutamate cysteine ligase catalytic subunit (GCLC), glutamate cysteine ligase modifier subunit (GCLM), and glutathione reductase (GR).
These results indicate that S-diclofenac and S-sulindac may serve as effective chemoprevention agents by favorably balancing the equation of carcinogen activation and detoxification mechanisms.
aryl hydrocarbon receptor; CYP1A1; dithiolethione; sulindac; diclofenac
Non-steroidal anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) exhibit antineoplastic properties, but conventional NSAIDs do not fully meet safety and efficacy criteria for use as anti-cancer agents. In this study, we evaluated the chemotherapeutic efficacy of five novel phospho-NSAIDs, each of which includes in addition to the NSAID moiety a diethylphosphate linked through a butane moiety. All five compounds inhibited the growth of human breast, colon and pancreatic cancer cell lines with micromolar potency. In vivo investigations confirmed the antitumor activity of phospho-aspirin (PA) and phospho-sulindac (PS) in inhibiting tumor growth in established human xenograft models, where cell proliferation was suppressed and apoptosis enhanced in the absence of detectable animal toxicity. Notably, all of the phospho-NSAIDs tested induced reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in cultured cells, with PA and PS inducing detectable levels of oxidative stress in vivo that were associated positively with apoptosis and negatively with proliferation. Potentially explaining these effects, all of the phospho-NSAIDs tested also inhibited the thioredoxin system and the redox sensitive transcription factor NF-κB. Taken together, our findings demonstrate the strong anticancer efficacy and promising safety of phospho-NSAIDs in preclinical models of breast, colon and pancreatic cancer, suggesting further evaluation as anticancer agents..
Phospho-sulindac; phospho-ibuprofen; phospho-aspirin; phospho-flurbiprofen; cancer treatment; chemotherapy; thioredoxin; thioredoxin reductase; NF-κB
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have shown potential as chemopreventive agents against cancer formation, especially colorectal cancers. However, the mechanisms by which these drugs act are not fully understood. In this study, ApcMin/+ mice, a genetic model of human familial adenomatous polyposis, were treated with sulindac, and these mice demonstrated tumor reduction of >80%, consistent with previous reports. Gene microarray analyses of RNA from adenoma-derived dysplastic epithelial cells revealed that collagen genes, viz. Col1a2, Col5a2, Col6a2 and Col6a3, were upregulated, and matrilysin matrix metalloproteases-7 (Mmp7) was downregulated, in sulindac-treated mice. Reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction validated gene expression of the Col6a2 subunit of collagen VI and of Mmp7. Confocal microscopy and immunofluorescence showed that within the tumors of non-treated mice, collagen VI was present in low amounts, but was enhanced within the tumors of sulindac-treated mice. Collagens I and V demonstrated similar patterns, but were not as prominent as collagen VI. Mmp7 was found in ‘hot spot’ areas within the tumors of ApcMin/+ mice treated with the vehicle, but was greatly diminished in those mice treated with sulindac. Studies with ApcMin/+/Mmp7−/− double-deficient mice demonstrated the reciprocal relationships of Mmp7 expression and the levels of these three collagens in vivo. The results of this study demonstrated that sulindac was effective in increasing the expression of different collagens and decreasing the expression of Mmp7, effects that may contribute to altered tumor burden in cancer patients undergoing NSAIDs treatments.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) exert their anti-cancer effects through cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)-dependent and -independent mechanisms. Here we report that Sulindac, an NSAID, induces apoptosis by binding to retinoid X receptor-α (RXRα). We identified an N-terminally-truncated RXRα (tRXRα) in several cancer cell lines and primary tumors, which interacted with the p85α subunit of phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase (PI3K). Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) promoted tRXRα interaction with the p85α, activating PI3K/AKT signaling. When combined with TNFα, Sulindac inhibited TNFα-induced tRXRα/p85α interaction, leading to activation of the death receptor-mediated apoptotic pathway. We designed and synthesized a Sulindac analog K-80003, which has increased affinity to RXRα but lacks COX inhibitory activity. K-80003 displayed enhanced efficacy in inhibiting tRXRα-dependent AKT activation and tRXRα tumor growth in animals.
Combination chemoprevention for cancer was proposed a quarter of a century ago, but has not been implemented in standard medical practice owing to limited efficacy and toxicity. Recent trials have targeted inflammation and polyamine biosynthesis, both of which are increased in carcinogenesis. Preclinical studies have demonstrated that DFMO (difluoromethylornithine), an irreversible inhibitor of ODC (ornithine decarboxylase) which is the first enzyme in polyamine biosynthesis, combined with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) suppresses colorectal carcinogenesis in murine models. The preclinical rationale for combination chemoprevention with DFMO and the NSAID sulindac, was strengthened by the observation that a SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) in the ODC promoter was prognostic for adenoma recurrence in patients with prior sporadic colon polyps and predicted reduced risk of adenoma in those patients taking aspirin. Recent results from a phase III clinical trial showed a dramatic reduction in metachronous adenoma number, size and grade. Combination chemoprevention with DFMO and sulindac was not associated with any serious toxicity. A non-significant trend in subclinical ototoxicity was detected by quantitative audiology in a subset of patients identified by a genetic marker. These preclinical, translational and clinical data provide compelling evidence for the efficacy of combination chemoprevention. DFMO and sulindac is a rational strategy for the prevention of metachronous adenomas, especially in patients with significant risk for colorectal cancer. Toxicities from this combination may be limited to subsets of patients identified by either past medical history or clinical tests.
EP4 expression in human glioblastoma cells correlates with growth on soft agar. The cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor, sulindac sulfide, first altered specificity protein-1 (Sp-1) and, early growth response gene-1 (Egr1) expression, then increased the expression of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-activated gene-1 (NAG-1) and activating transcription factor-3 (ATF3), and then decreased EP4 expression. EP4 suppression was dependent on blocking the Sp-1 binding sites in the human EP4 promoter. Mutation in the Sp-1 sites in EP4 altered the promoter activity and abolished sulindac sulfide effects. The inhibitory effect of sulindac sulfide on EP4 expression was reversed by PD98059, an MEK-1/Erk inhibitor. Sp-1 phosphorylation was dependent on sulindac sulfide-induced Erk activation. ChIP assay confirmed that Sp-1 phosphorylation decreases Sp-1 binding to DNA and leads to the suppression of EP4. Inhibition of cell growth on soft agar assay was found to be a highly complex process and appears to require not only the inhibition of COX activity but also increased expression of NAG-1 and ATF3 and suppression of EP4 expression. Our data suggest that the suppression of EP4 expression by sulindac sulfide represents a new mechanism for understanding the tumor suppressor activity.
Sp-1 phosphorylation; Cox-1/2; NAG-1/Gdf15; Egr-1
Sulindac is an FDA-approved non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug with documented anticancer activities. Our recent studies showed that sulindac selectively enhanced the killing of cancer cells exposed to oxidizing agents via production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) resulting in mitochondrial dysfunction. This effect of sulindac and oxidative stress on cancer cells could be related to the defect in respiration in cancer cells, first described by Warburg 50 years ago, known as the Warburg effect. We postulated that sulindac might enhance the selective killing of cancer cells when combined with any compound that alters mitochondrial respiration. To test this hypothesis we have used dichloroacetate (DCA), which is known to shift pyruvate metabolism away from lactic acid formation to respiration. One might expect that DCA, since it stimulates aerobic metabolism, could stress mitochondrial respiration in cancer cells, which would result in enhanced killing in the presence of sulindac. In this study, we have shown that the combination of sulindac and DCA enhances the selective killing of A549 and SCC25 cancer cells under the conditions used. As predicted, the mechanism of killing involves ROS production, mitochondrial dysfunction, JNK signaling and death by apoptosis. Our results suggest that the sulindac-DCA drug combination may provide an effective cancer therapy.
BACKGROUND--Sulindac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, causes regression of colorectal adenomas in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) but the response is variable. Specific clinical factors predictive of sulindac induced regression have not been studied. METHODS--22 patients with FAP were given sulindac 150 mg orally twice a day. Polyp number and size were determined before treatment and at three months. The relation of nine clinical factors to polyp regression (per cent of baseline polyp number after treatment) was evaluated by univariate and multivariate analysis. RESULTS--After three months of sulindac, polyp number had decreased to 45 per cent of baseline and polyp size to 50 per cent of baseline (p < 0.001 and p < 0.01, respectively). Univariate analysis showed greater polyp regression in older patients (p = 0.004), those with previous colectomy and ileorectal anastomosis (p = 0.001), and patients without identifiable mutation of the APC gene responsible for FAP (p = 0.05). With multivariate regression analysis, response to sulindac treatment was associated with previous subtotal colectomy. CONCLUSIONS--Sulindac treatment seems effective in producing regression of colorectal adenomas of FAP patients with previous subtotal colectomy regardless of baseline polyp number and size. Changed sulindac metabolism, reduced area of the target mucosa, or changed epithelial characteristics after ileorectal anastomosis may explain these findings.
Chronic pancreatitis is defined as a continuous or recurrent inflammatory disease of the pancreas characterized by progressive and irreversible morphological changes. It typically causes pain and permanent impairment of pancreatic function. In chronic pancreatitis areas of focal necrosis are followed by perilobular and intralobular fibrosis of the parenchyma, by stone formation in the pancreatic duct, calcifications in the parenchyma as well as the formation of pseudocysts. Late in the course of the disease a progressive loss of endocrine and exocrine function occurs. Despite advances in understanding the pathogenesis no causal treatment for chronic pancreatitis is presently available. Thus, there is a need for well characterized animal models for further investigations that allow translation to the human situation. This review summarizes existing experimental models and distinguishes them according to the type of pathological stimulus used for induction of pancreatitis. There is a special focus on pancreatic duct ligation, repetitive overstimulation with caerulein and chronic alcohol feeding. Secondly, attention is drawn to genetic models that have recently been generated and which mimic features of chronic pancreatitis in man. Each technique will be supplemented with data on the pathophysiological background of the model and their limitations will be discussed.