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COX-2 inhibition is neither necessary nor sufficient for celecoxib to suppress tumor cell proliferation and focus formation in vitro
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- Received: 18 February 2008
- Accepted: 16 May 2008
- Published: 16 May 2008
An increasing number of reports is challenging the notion that the antitumor potential of the selective COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib (Celebrex®) is mediated primarily via the inhibition of COX-2. We have investigated this issue by applying two different analogs of celecoxib that differentially display COX-2-inhibitory activity: the first analog, called unmethylated celecoxib (UMC), inhibits COX-2 slightly more potently than its parental compound, whereas the second analog, 2,5-dimethyl-celecoxib (DMC), has lost the ability to inhibit COX-2.
With the use of glioblastoma and pancreatic carcinoma cell lines, we comparatively analyzed the effects of celecoxib, UMC, and DMC in various short-term (≤48 hours) cellular and molecular studies, as well as in long-term (≤3 months) focus formation assays. We found that DMC exhibited the most potent antitumor activity; celecoxib was somewhat less effective, and UMC clearly displayed the overall weakest antitumor potential in all aspects. The differential growth-inhibitory and apoptosis-stimulatory potency of these compounds in short-term assays did not at all correlate with their capacity to inhibit COX-2, but was closely aligned with their ability to trigger endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS), as indicated by the induction of the ERS marker CHOP/GADD153 and activation of the ERS-associated caspase 7. In addition, we found that these compounds were able to restore contact inhibition and block focus formation during long-term, chronic drug exposure of tumor cells, and this was achieved at sub-toxic concentrations in the absence of ERS or inhibition of COX-2.
The antitumor activity of celecoxib in vitro did not involve the inhibition of COX-2. Rather, the drug's ability to trigger ERS, a known effector of cell death, might provide an alternative explanation for its acute cytotoxicity. In addition, the newly discovered ability of this drug to restore contact inhibition and block focus formation during chronic drug exposure, which involved neither ERS nor COX-2, suggests a novel, as yet unrecognized mechanism of celecoxib action.
- Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
- Focus Formation
- Pancreatic Carcinoma Cell Line
Celecoxib (CXB) has been developed as a selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and is widely prescribed under the trade name Celebrex® for relief of symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; it was also approved as an adjunct to the standard of care for patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) . In the laboratory, CXB has demonstrated anti-cancer activity in various animal tumor models, and it is suspected that this drug might be useful for the prevention and treatment of colorectal and possibly other types of cancer as well [2–4]. Indeed, several clinical trials have demonstrated CXB's potency to reduce colorectal polyp and adenoma formation in humans [1, 5, 6]. However, these promising results were overshadowed by concomitantly emerging side effects, such as life-threatening cardiovascular complications, which are thought to be caused by the long-term inhibition of COX-2 (reviewed in ).
The underlying molecular mechanisms by which CXB exerts its anti-tumor effects have become controversial, primarily due to an increasing number of reports describing effects of this drug that appear to take place in the absence of any apparent involvement of COX-2 (see refs. [8–10] for review). In this regard, several non-COX-2 components of the cell have been identified and proposed as candidates for mediating the COX-2-independent antitumor effects of CXB. One of the best studied and perhaps most relevant of these alternative targets is sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum (ER) calcium ATPase (SERCA) [11–13], which is an ER transmembrane protein that is responsible for pumping calcium from the cytosol into the ER, thereby maintaining the steep gradient of this ion between the two subcellular compartments.
Inhibition of SERCA represents the earliest detectable effect of drug action, as increased cytosolic calcium levels can be measured within seconds of adding CXB to cultured cells [11–15]. Leakage of calcium from the ER has long been known to act as a potent trigger of ER stress, and ER stress-instigated cell death can indeed be verified after CXB treatment of tumor cells in vitro and in animal tumor models in vivo [12, 16–19]. Known critical executioners of the pro-apoptotic arm of the ER stress response are, for example, CHOP/GADD153 (CCAAT/enhancer binding protein homologous transcription factor/growth arrest and DNA damage-inducible gene 153) and caspase 7, both of which are strongly stimulated by CXB treatment (for example, refs. [16, 17, 19–21]. Altogether, the discovery of SERCA and subsequent ER stress as a direct target of CXB, in combination with a host of other observations , has seriously challenged the notion that inhibition of COX-2 might be the critical event mediating the antitumor outcomes of CXB treatment [10, 22].
In an effort to shed further light on this controversy, we have investigated the in vitro antitumor potential of two close structural analogs of CXB with either increased or greatly decreased COX-2-inhibitory activity. The first analog, unmethylated-celecoxib (UMC), harbors 20% greater COX-2-inhibitory potency than CXB. The second analog, 2,5-dimethyl-celecoxib (DMC), lacks COX-2-inhibitory potency. In this report, we show that the antitumor potency of these compounds is DMC>CXB>UMC, i.e., the antitumor effects of these drugs are in inverse relation to their COX-2-inhibitory potential, but are closely aligned with their ability to trigger ER stress.
CXB and UMC, but not DMC, inhibit COX-2 and block PGE2 biosynthesis
Because the COX-2-inhibitory activity of the three compounds had been determined by in vitro assays with purified recombinant COX-2 enzyme , we next verified that these compounds exerted their activities also when added to cells in culture. For this purpose, we used a human pancreatic carcinoma cell line with high COX-2 expression levels and determined whether increasing concentrations of CXB, UMC, or DMC were able to block the synthesis of the COX-2 substrate prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). As shown in Figure 1, both CXB and UMC effectively prevented the formation of PGE2 with an IC50 below 1 μM and 100% inhibition at 10 μM. In contrast, DMC did not display substantial inhibitory activity; even at 10 μM, there was only a minor reduction (22%) of PGE2 biosynthesis. Together, these measurements confirmed that CXB and UMC were able to potently inhibit COX-2 in cell culture, and that DMC was much (at least 100-fold) less active.
CXB, UMC, and DMC trigger ER stress and reduce cell viability at different potencies
CXB, UMC, and DMC block focus formation at different potencies
Because the above assays were focused on rather short-term (up to 48 hours) drug effects, we decided to include additional experiments that allowed the evaluation of phenotypic responses during much longer periods of drug exposure (up to 3 months). In this regard, we chose focus formation assays, as these would enable the characterization of drug effects on a select tumor-specific feature and would exclude short-term cytotoxic effects that might mask other, more long-term consequences of drug treatment. The focus formation assays were performed at lower drug concentrations that were not readily toxic, but allowed the cells to form a confluent monolayer, which is a prerequisite for focus formation.
CXB, UMC, and DMC display their differential antitumor activities in cells with or without COX-2 expression
All of the above-described phenotypic changes were stable as long as drug treatment was continued, but were fully reversible after the removal of drugs (not shown). For instance, when drug treatment of MIA-PaCa-2 and Bx-PC-3 cells was discontinued after 2 months, the cell cultures became more crowded, i.e., the cell number per square inch increased and the monolayer resumed shedding of new cells into the culture medium; similarly, when drug-treated U251 monolayers, which had remained focus-free during 3 months of drug treatment, were trypsinized and freshly seeded into new culture dishes, they promptly developed foci in the absence of drug treatment (not shown). Thus, suppression of the transformed phenotype in these tumor cells was dependent on the continuous presence of sub-toxic concentrations of CXB, UMC, or DMC.
The question as to whether the antitumor effects of CXB are based on its famed ability to inhibit COX-2 has incited substantial controversy. This issue is particularly relevant in view of the life-threatening complications that have emerged during the long-term treatment with elevated dosages of this drug for chemopreventive or cancer therapeutic applications. These unwanted side effects, such as cardiovascular events, are thought to be due to the long-term inhibition of COX-2 and have also been observed with other coxibs, such as rofecoxib (Vioxx) . In this regard, one might be tempted to speculate that analogs of CXB that are devoid of COX-2-inhibitory ability, yet maintain antitumor potency, might potentially be superior for certain cancer therapeutic purposes .
In order to further investigate the relevance of COX-2 for CXB's antitumor efficacy, we applied two close structural analogs of this drug that differentially display COX-2-inhibitory activity. UMC has maintained COX-2-inhibitory function and is even 20% more potent than its parental compound; in contrast, DMC is devoid of any substantial COX-2-inhibitory function. These analogs originally were generated by Penning et al.  as members of a large group of molecules that were screened for selective COX-2-inhibitory activity, an effort that ultimately led to the discovery of CXB. Several years later, this number of compounds was investigated by Chen's group at Ohio State University for their ability to induce apoptosis in cultured prostate cancer cells. In these studies [28, 29], it was found that some of these compounds were able to induce tumor cell death in vitro, but that this pharmacologic activity did not correlate with the ability of the individual analogs to inhibit COX-2. Thus, it was concluded that apoptosis-inducing potency and COX-2-inhibitory ability resided in different parts of the CXB molecule and could be separated.
While much subsequent effort has been spent on fine-tuning and improving the COX-2-independent acute cytotoxicity of CXB analogs [27, 30–33], essentially nothing is known about the long-term effects of sub-toxic concentrations of these compounds and whether or not the inhibition of COX-2 might emerge as a critical factor during extended drug exposure. For this reason, we applied UMC and DMC, which separately represent the two major characterized functions of CXB, namely inhibition of COX-2 (preserved at increased potency in UMC) and induction of apoptosis (preserved at increased potency in DMC).
Our results show that the IC50 for inhibition of COX-2 by CXB or UMC in cell culture is below 1 μM, and 10 μM of these drugs suffice to completely block COX-2 activity. These results are in agreement with earlier studies reporting potent inhibition of PGE2 synthesis in cell culture by submicromolar concentrations of CXB [34, 35]. Intriguingly, at these low concentrations, neither CXB nor UMC generated any detectable consequences for the cellular phenotype. In particular, during short-term exposure, there was no inhibition of cell proliferation, no increased cytotoxicity, and no indication of ER stress (Figures 2, 3, 5 and 6); furthermore, during long-term exposure, these concentrations were unable to prevent focus formation (Figure 4) and did not reduce the compaction of cellular monolayers (Figure 7). We therefore conclude that mere inhibition of COX-2 does not impinge on tumor cell growth and survival, and does not impede focus formation or high cell densities, even during very long incubation times.
In contrast to low concentrations (≤10 μM) of CXB and UMC, further elevated concentrations of these compounds began to generate observable changes in tumor phenotype. However, it is noteworthy that UMC was substantially less effective than CXB in all these assays. Because UMC is no less potent than CXB when it comes to the inhibition of COX-2 and the reduction of cellular PGE2 levels, it would be expected that any cellular phenotype that is triggered by or dependent on the inhibition of COX-2 should become apparent at similar concentrations of these two drugs. As this clearly is not the case, these findings further support the conclusion that COX-2 has no role in the antitumor effects we have measured in our study.
DMC, which lacks substantial COX-2-inhibitory function, displayed the most potent antitumor effects in our study. The acute anti-proliferative and cytotoxic effects of this compound have been investigated before and have helped establish ER stress as potentially the most important mechanism by which this drug – and CXB as well – exert their cytotoxic effects [12, 31, 36, 37]. Importantly, in vivo studies verified that ER stress-mediated cytotoxicity could also be achieved in experimental tumors of mice that were fed CXB or DMC in their chow . These latter results helped refute earlier criticisms [38, 39] that COX-2-independent effects of CXB might be artifacts of the in vitro culture system, a contention that was based on the observation that the drug concentrations required to affect most non-COX-2 targets in vitro were not achievable in patients or animals. Although true that the induction of ER stress in cell culture generally requires CXB or DMC concentrations of ≥40 or ≥30 μM, respectively [12, 17–19], both drugs are able to trigger ER stress also in animal tumors in vivo [12, 19], where drug concentrations measured in the serum are below 10 μM [12, 37]. Although a solution to the conundrum of these differential drug concentration requirements has yet to be provided, these types of experiments nonetheless strongly caution against the tendency to minimize results that were obtained with the use of moderately high micromolar concentrations of celecoxib and DMC in vitro.
The vast majority of previous studies that investigated antitumor mechanisms of CXB in vitro applied drug concentrations that proved cytotoxic, i.e., CXB concentrations were increased to a level that effected proliferation-inhibitory and apoptosis-inducing outcomes within 24 to 96 hours. We reasoned that these acutely toxic effects of CXB, which were mostly interpreted as being COX-2 independent, perhaps might obscure other, potentially COX-2 dependent, effects that otherwise might emerge only when cells do not undergo immediate cell death. For this reason, we applied CXB, UMC, and DMC at sub-toxic concentrations that did not trigger ER stress and subsequent apoptosis. Under these much longer-term conditions, a new feature of these drugs emerged, namely the ability to restore contact inhibition and block focus formation of tumor cells (Figures 4 and 7).
The predisposition to form foci is a characteristic of many cancer cells and indicates their acquired ability to disregard the growth-inhibitory signals emanating from the close contact with neighboring cells. This in vitro feature is thought to reflect the in vivo ability of tumor cells to escape social constraints within their tissue of origin and might represent an important prerequisite for the initiation of tumor growth . In this context, it is tempting to speculate that the ability of CXB to suppress focus formation perhaps might represent a component of this drug's recognized chemopreventive potential. However, our results were obtained with the use of fully transformed, malignant tumor cells in vitro, which represents a poor model to study chemoprevention; therefore, better models will be needed to further investigate our conjecture. Similarly, with regards to therapeutic applications for advanced cancers, CXB's ability to restore contact inhibition conceivably could contribute to the reduced growth of established tumors that has been reported in many animal tumor models treated with this drug (selected examples: [2, 37, 39, 41]).
Our study shows that COX-2 inhibition by CXB has no detectable consequences for various molecular and cellular markers of tumor growth in several glioblastoma and pancreatic carcinoma cell lines with variable levels of COX-2 expression. Inhibition of COX-2 per se is neither required nor sufficient to implement the acutely growth-inhibitory and cytotoxic effects of celecoxib, nor does it impinge on the focus-forming ability of tumor cells during chronic exposure at sub-toxic concentrations. Consistent with several earlier reports [11, 12, 17–19], the observed short-term antitumor effect of CXB closely correlates with this drug's ability to trigger ER stress, and this mechanism provides a reasonable explanation for the drug's acutely growth-inhibitory effects. However, CXB's potency to restore contact inhibition of tumor cells takes place at drug concentrations that neither trigger substantial ER stress nor cause cytotoxicity, and also cannot be explained by the inhibition of COX-2. It therefore appears that additional, as yet uncharacterized, molecular mechanisms of this drug are at work during long-term, chronic treatment of tumor cells. Considering that the envisioned application of CXB for chemopreventive or therapeutic anticancer purposes will require long-term drug exposure of patients, it will be important to determine the molecular mechanisms that underlie this newly recognized ability of CXB to suppress focus formation during the chronic treatment of tumor cells.
CXB was obtained as Celebrex® capsules from the pharmacy, or was synthesized in our laboratory according to previously published procedures . DMC was synthesized in our laboratory according to previously published procedures . UMC as well was synthesized in our laboratory according to previously published procedures . All compounds were dissolved in DMSO at 100 mM (stock solution) and added to the cell culture medium in a manner that kept the final concentration of solvent below 0.1%.
Cell lines and culture conditions
The following human tumor cell lines were used: U251, LN229, and T98G glioblastoma (kindly provided by Dr. Frank B. Furnari, Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research, La Jolla, CA) and MIA PaCa-2 and BxPC-3 pancreatic carcinoma (kindly provided by Dr. Guido Eibl, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA). All cells were propagated in DMEM (GIBCO BRL, Grand Island, NY) supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum, 100 U/ml penicillin, and 0.1 mg/ml streptomycin in a humidified incubator at 37°C and a 5% CO2 atmosphere.
MTT assays were performed in 96-well plates as described in detail elsewhere . All assays were repeated several times at variable cell densities. The number of cells per well ranged from 3.0 × 103 to 8.0 × 103.
Total cell lysates were prepared and analyzed by Western blot analysis with two different procedures. One was based on conventional enzyme-linked chemoluminescence with HRP-conjugated secondary antibodies as described earlier , the other used the Odyssey infrared imaging system (LI-COR Biosciences, Lincoln, NE) and fluorescence-conjugated secondary antibodies, according to protocols supplied by the manufacturer. In both cases, the primary antibodies were from Cell Signaling Technologies (Beverly, MA) or from Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (Santa Cruz, CA) and were used according to the manufacturers' recommendations. All immunoblots were repeated at least once with new lysates from a duplicate experiment to confirm the results.
Focus formation assays
Cells were seeded into 6-well plates at low density (approximately 20% confluence). One day later, increasing concentrations of celecoxib, DMC, or UMC were added. After 4–5 days, untreated control cells had covered the entire surface area of the well and began to form a monolayer that became more compact over time. From this time on, the growth medium and drugs were replaced every two days. After approximately 10 days, focus formation became noticeable and was quantitated by counting the number of foci per microscopic field every ten days. In addition, digital images were captured with a SPOT camera model 1.4.0 operated with Spot Advanced Software version 4.0.8 (Diagnostic Instruments, Sterling Heights, MI) and saved in 12-bit grayscale format with 1600 x 1200 active pixels.
We thank Frank B. Furnari and Guido Eibl for providing cell lines. The USC Glioma Research Group is acknowledged for stimulating discussions. We thank Encouse Golden for taking some of the digital microphotographs. Funding for this project was received from the L.K. Whittier Foundation via the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (to NAP and AHS).
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