Inhibition of Cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 Expression by Targeting the Endothelin A Receptor in Human Ovarian Carcinoma Cells

F. Spinella
2004 Clinical Cancer Research  
Purpose and Experimental Design: New therapies against cancer are based on targeting cyclooxygenase (COX)-2. Activation of the endothelin A receptor (ET A R) by endothelin (ET)-1 is biologically relevant in several malignancies, including ovarian carcinoma. In this tumor, the ET-1/ET A R autocrine pathway promotes mitogenesis, apoptosis protection, invasion, and neoangiogenesis. Because COX-1 and COX-2 are involved in ovarian carcinoma progression, we investigated whether ET-1 induced COX-1 and
more » ... COX-2 expression through the ET A R at the mRNA and protein level in HEY and OVCA 433 ovarian carcinoma cell lines by Northern blot, reverse transcription-PCR, Western blot, and immunohistochemistry; we also investigated the activity of the COX-2 promoter by luciferase assay and the release of prostaglandin (PG) E 2 by ELISA. Results: ET-1 significantly increases the expression of COX-1 and COX-2, COX-2 promoter activity, and PGE 2 production. These effects depend on ET A R activation and involve multiple mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways, including p42/44 MAPK, p38 MAPK, and transactivation of the epidermal growth factor receptor. COX-2 inhibitors and, in part, COX-1 inhibitor blocked ET-1-induced PGE 2 and vascular endothelial growth factor release, indicating that both enzymes participate in PGE 2 production to a different extent. Moreover, inhibition of human ovarian tumor growth in nude mice after treatment with the potent ET A R-selective antagonist ABT-627 is associated with reduced COX-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor expression. Conclusions: These results indicate that impairing COX-1 and COX-2 and their downstream effect by targeting ET A R can be therapeutically advantageous in ovarian carcinoma treatment. Pharmacological blockade of the ET A R is an attractive strategy to control COX-2 induction, which has been associated with ovarian carcinoma progression and chemoresistance.
doi:10.1158/1078-0432.ccr-04-0315 pmid:15269139 fatcat:7vzx7okverfcpp5aafsohg2wey