Current Cancer Drug Targets

Ruiwen Zhang 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
1300 Coulter Drive
Amarillo, TX 79106


Arsenic Trioxide Exerts Anti-lung Cancer Activity by Inhibiting Angiogenesis

Author(s): Meng-Hang Yang, Yuan-Sheng Zang, Hai Huang, Kun Chen, Bing Li, Guang-Yuan Sun and Xue-Wei Zhao

Affiliation: Department of Respiratory Medicine, Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, Second Military Medical University, 415 Fengyang Road, Shanghai 200003, China.

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Arsenic trioxide (As2O3) has been used in the clinic for the treatment of acute promyelocytic 1eukemia and some solid tumors. However, its effectiveness against lung cancer has not been well demonstrated, and the underlying mechanism(s) of action remain unclear. In the present study, we found that As2O3 significantly inhibited the growth of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) xenograft tumors. It was observed to have antiangiogenic effects in xenograft models and matrigel pellets. It also significantly inhibited the expression of VEGF-A, VEGFR-2, HIF-1α, Dll4 and Notch-1 in vivo. Moreover, As2O3 also inhibited the expression of HIF-1α, VEGFR-2, Dll4, and Notch-1 in lung cancer cell lines and human umbilical vein endothelial cells. These findings suggest that As2O3 has significant anti-lung cancer activity, which may occur as a result of the antiangiogenic effects caused by the downregulation of the VEGF and Dll4-Notch signaling pathways

Keywords: Angiogenesis, arsenic trioxide, Dll4, HIF-1α, lung cancer, Notch-1, VEGF, VEGFR-2.

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Page: [557 - 566]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/1568009614666140725090000