The cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide, a nonsteroidal analgesic, decreases the effect of radiation therapy in head-and-neck cancer cells.

Department of Cranio-, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
Strahlentherapie und Onkologie (Impact Factor: 4.16). 06/2009; 185(5):310-7. DOI: 10.1007/s00066-009-1929-4
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT No data are available on the effects of the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor nimesulide in combination with irradiation on the survival of head-and-neck carcinoma cells.
Two head-and-neck carcinoma cell lines (SCC9 and SCC25) were treated with nimesulide (50-600 microM) and irradiated concomitantly or sequentially. Early effects on cell survival were investigated by counting cell numbers, long-term effects by colony-forming assays. Cell-cycle effects were analyzed 24-72 h after treatment with nimesulide by flow cytometry.
Unexpectedly, nimesulide solely inhibited cell proliferation without affecting colony-forming ability. In addition, no evidence for a radiosensitizing effect of nimesulide in short-term assays was seen. Nimesulide alone had no effect on clonogenic survival alone or in combination with radiation.
Nimesulide differentially affects cell proliferation and clonogenic survival and may decrease the efficacy of radiotherapy. Short-term assays to assess tumor growth may not correctly predict the clinically relevant long-term effect of COX-2 inhibitors.

  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Evidence suggests overexpression of COX-2 and its role in many human cancers, including lung. However, the regulatory mechanism underlying COX-2 overexpression in lung cancer is not fully understood. We herein investigated whether COX-2 is overexpressed in human airway cancer cell lines, including A549 (lung), Hep-2 (bronchial), and NCI-H292 (alveolar). When grown in cell culture medium containing 10% FBS (serum), of note, there was strong and transient induction of COX-2 protein and mRNA in NCI-H292 cells, but little or low COX-2 expression is seen in A549 or Hep-2 cells. Interestingly, strong and sustained activities of ERK-1/2, JNK-1/2, p38 MAPK, and PKB were also shown in NCI-H292 cells grown in presence of serum. Profoundly, results of pharmacological inhibition studies demonstrated that the serum-dependent COX-2 up-regulation in NCI-H292 cells is attributed to not only the p38 MAPK-, PI3K/PKB-, and ERK-1/2-mediated COX-2 transcriptional up-regulation but also the p38 MAPK- and ERK-1/2-mediated post-transcriptional COX-2 mRNA stabilization. Of further note, it was shown that the ERK-1/2 and PI3K/PKB (but not COX-2, p38 MAPK, and JNK-1/2) activities are necessary for growth of NCI-H292 cells. These findings collectively demonstrate for the first time that COX-2 expression is transiently up-regulated by serum addition in NCI-H292 cells and the serum-induced COX-2 expression is closely linked to the p38 MAPK-, ERK-1/2-, and PI3K/PKB-mediated COX-2 transcriptional and post-transcriptional up-regulation.
    Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 06/2011; 112(10):3015-24. · 3.06 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: ObjectiveThe aim of the study was to explore the effects of the same target (si-10) on lung cancer cells with different expression levels of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) protein by RNAi and malignant proliferation of these cells. MethodsCOX-2 was selected as the target and one siRNA expression vector with the best effect was selected and thought as the subject from three COX-2 siRNA expression vectors with human U6 promoter. The siRNA expression vector (psi-10) and the vacant vector (pEGFP) were transfected into these cells with different COX-2 expression states (801D, A549 and LTEP-A2) with lipofectamine respectively and the transfected cell strains were constructed. The change of COX-2 expression levels was examined by Western blot and RT-PCR. The effects on the proliferation of lung cancer cells were studied by cell growth curve and clonogenic assay. ResultsThe siRNA and U6 promoter were validated by PCR, restriction endonucleases identification and DNA sequencing and BLAST alignment and cloned into the pEGFP vector. The cell strains transfected that 801D was used as maternal line were named as 801D-p and 801D-10 respectively. The cell strains transfected that A549 was used as maternal line were named as A549-p and A549-10 respectively. The cell strains transfected that LTEP-A2 was used as maternal line were named as LTEP-A2-p and LTEP-A2-10 respectively. These cells transfected pEGFP (801D-p, A549-p and LTEP-A2-p) had the expression of GFP and 801D-10, A549-10 and LTEP-A2-10 cells had not in 24, 48 and 72 hours after transfected. The results of RT-PCR and Western blot showed the siRNA expression vector produced marked effects in two cells (A549 and LTEP-A2) expressing COX-2 and the expression of COX-2 was inhibited. But the inhibited effects were different and the expression of COX-2 was more inhibited obviously in LTEP-A2 cells than in A549 cells though the expression of COX-2 was also inhibited obviously in A549 cells. In contract to their maternal line, the levels of COX-2 mRNA of LTEP-A2-10 and A549-10 cells reduced 64.2% and 61.2% respectively; the levels of COX-2 protein reduced 60.2% and 56.2% respectively. But the levels of COX-2 mRNA and protein had not change in 801D cells not expressing COX-2. The results of cell growth curve and clonogenic assay showed the growth of LTEP-A2-10 cells slowed and the clonal formation rate reduced and the size of the colonies became small; the growth of A549-10 cells showed slow and more obviously in the cell growth curve especially. But the growth of 801D-10 cells had not obvious change. ConclusionThe si-10 target of COX-2 has different inhibition effects on lung cancer cells with different COX-2 expression levels and the different inhibition effects have different effects on cells malignant proliferation. Key wordscyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)-lung cancer cells-RNAi-malignant proliferation
    The Chinese-German Journal of Clinical Oncology 9(3):125-132.
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: This study was done to evaluate the association of cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) and brain fatty acid binding protein (BFABP) with tumor grade and outcome of grades I-II meningiomas treated with radiotherapy. From 1996 to 2008, 40 patients with intracranial grades I-II meningiomas were treated with radiotherapy. Immunohistochemical staining for COX-2 and BFABP were performed on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues. COX-2 expression was significantly associated with BFABP status and both COX-2 (P < 0.01) and BFABP (P = 0.01) expression were stronger in the grade II meningiomas than in grade I tumors. Among the clinicopathologic factors, age and COX-2 status were prognostic in progression-free survival. Patients with moderate or strong COX-2 expression had worse outcome than those with negative or weak COX-2 expression (P = 0.03) after controlling for potential confounders. Our results suggest that the molecular biomarker COX-2 has prognostic significance in intracranial grades I-II meningiomas following radiotherapy.
    Neuropathology 05/2014; · 1.91 Impact Factor