Regulation of the pro-angiogenic microenvironment by carboxyamido-triazole

Vyta Kulpa Oliver, Angela M Patton, Sudhen Desai, Dominique Lorang, Steven K Libutti, Elise C Kohn
Journal of Cellular Physiology 2003, 197 (1): 139-48
Anti-angiogenic agents regulate tumor growth by inhibiting endothelial cell proliferation and invasion. Carboxyamido-triazole (CAI), an inhibitor of non-voltage-operated calcium entry and calcium influx-mediated pathways, has angiogenesis and invasion inhibitory activity. We hypothesized that CAI may express its anti-angiogenic effects through negative regulation of pro-angiogenic cytokine production and/or function. In vivo, orally administered CAI prevented A2058 human melanoma xenograft growth and concomitantly resulted in a marked reduction in circulating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and interleukin-8 (IL-8). In vitro, A2058 cell secretion of VEGF was inhibited by CAI treatment under limiting micronutrient conditions that approximate the tumor microenvironment, media restriction, and acidification to pH 6.8 (P=0.0003 and P=0.0006, respectively). VEGF and HIF-1alpha message and protein were also reduced by CAI treatment. Oral CAI treatment reduced vascular ingrowth in vivo into VEGF-containing Matrigel plugs. Commensurate with those findings, human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) migration towards VEGF was reduced below background by exposure to CAI in the migration chamber (P<0.0001). An 88% reduction in circulating IL-8 concentration was measured in CAI-treated animals. However, IL-8 protein secretion and gene expression were increased by CAI treatment in culture (P< or =0.01), where CAI caused a dose-dependent acidification of the culture milieu (P< or =0.005). This paradox suggests that IL-8 production in vitro may be more sensitive to ambient pH than cytosolic calcium. These observations suggest that CAI inhibition of tumor cell VEGF production and endothelial cell response to VEGF results in disruption of signaling between the tumor and its microenvironment, causing a net anti-angiogenic effect.

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