Antiproliferative effects of carbon monoxide on pancreatic cancer


Background - Carbon monoxide, the gaseous product of heme oxygenase, is a signalling molecule with a broad spectrum of biological activities. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of carbon monoxide on proliferation of human pancreatic cancer. Methods - In vitro studies were performed on human pancreatic cancer cells (CAPAN-2, BxPc3, and PaTu-8902) treated with a carbon monoxide-releasing molecule or its inactive counterpart, or exposed to carbon monoxide gas (500 ppm/24 h). For in vivo studies, pancreatic cancer cells (CAPAN-2/PaTu-8902) were xenotransplanted subcutaneously into athymic mice, subsequently treated with carbon monoxide-releasing molecule (35 mg/kg b.w. i.p./day), or exposed to safe doses of carbon monoxide (500 ppm 1 h/day; n = 6 in each group). Results - Both carbon monoxide-releasing molecule and carbon monoxide exposure significantly inhibited proliferation of human pancreatic cancer cells (p < 0.05). A substantial decrease in Akt phosphorylation was observed in carbon monoxide-releasing molecule compared with inactive carbon monoxide-releasing molecule treated cancer cells (by 30–50%, p < 0.05). Simultaneously, carbon monoxide-releasing molecule and carbon monoxide exposure inhibited tumour proliferation and microvascular density of xenotransplanted tumours (p < 0.01), and doubled the survival rates (p < 0.005). Exposure of mice to carbon monoxide led to an almost 3-fold increase in carbon monoxide content in tumour tissues (p = 0.006). Conclusion - These data suggest a new biological function for carbon monoxide in carcinogenesis, and point to the potential chemotherapeutic/chemoadjuvant use of carbon monoxide in pancreatic cancer.

Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences
College of Health & Life Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: anticancer effects, Heme catabolic pathway, Heme oxygenase
Publication ISSN: 1590-8658
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 13:48
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2014 10:31
Published Date: 2014-04
Authors: Vítek, Libor
Gbelcová, Helena
Muchová, Lucie
Váňová, Kateřina
Zelenka, Jaroslav
Koníčková, Renata
Šuk, Jakub
Zadinova, Marie
Knejzlík, Zdeněk
Ahmad, Shakil
Fujisawa, Takeshi
Ahmed, Asif
Ruml, Tomáš


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