Antitumor activity of ZD6126, a novel vascular-targeting agent, is enhanced when combined with ZD1839, an epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, and potentiates the effects of radiation in a human non-small cell lung cancer xenograft model

David Raben, Cataldo Bianco, Vincenzo Damiano, Roberto Bianco, Davide Melisi, Chiara Mignogna, Francesco Paolo D'Armiento, Luca Cionini, A Raffaele Bianco, Giampaolo Tortora, Fortunato Ciardiello, Paul Bunn
Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 2004, 3 (8): 977-83

OBJECTIVE: Targeting the tumor vasculature may offer an alternative or complementary therapeutic approach to targeting growth factor signaling in lung cancer. The aim of these studies was to evaluate the antitumor effects in vivo of the combination of ZD6126, a tumor-selective vascular-targeting agent; ZD1839 (gefitinib, Iressa), an epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor; and ionizing radiation in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer xenograft model.

METHODS: Athymic nude mice with established flank A549 human non-small cell lung cancer xenograft model xenografts were treated with fractionated radiation therapy, ZD6126, ZD1839, or combinations of each treatment. ZD6126 (150 mg/kg) was given i.p. the day after each course of radiation. Animals treated with ZD1839 received 100 mg/kg per dose per animal, 5 or 7 days/wk for 2 weeks. Immunohistochemistry was done to evaluate the effects on tumor growth using an anti-Ki67 monoclonal antibody. Effects on tumor-induced vascularization were quantified using an anti-factor VIII-related antigen monoclonal antibody.

RESULTS: ZD6126 attenuated the growth of human A549 flank xenografts compared with untreated animals. Marked antitumor effects were observed when animals were treated with a combination of ZD6126 and fractionated radiation therapy with protracted tumor regression. ZD6126 + ZD1839 resulted in a greater tumor growth delay than either agent alone. Similar additive effects were seen with ZD1839 + fractionated radiation. Finally, the addition of ZD6126 to ZD1839 and radiation therapy seemed to further improve tumor growth control, with a significant tumor growth delay compared with animals treated with single agent or with double combinations. Immunohistochemistry showed that ZD1839 induced a marked reduction in A549 tumor cell proliferation. Both ZD1839 and ZD6126 treatment substantially reduced tumor-induced angiogenesis. ZD6126 caused marked vessel destruction through loss of endothelial cells and thrombosis, substantially increasing the level of necrosis seen when combined with radiation therapy. The combination of radiation therapy, ZD6126, and ZD1839 induced the greatest effects on tumor growth and angiogenesis.

CONCLUSION: This first report shows that a selective vascular-targeting agent (ZD6126) + an anti-epidermal growth factor receptor agent (ZD1839) and radiation have additive in vivo effects in a human cancer model. Targeting the tumor vasculature offers an excellent strategy to enhance radiation cytotoxicity. Polytargeted therapy with agents that interfere with both growth factor and angiogenic signaling warrants further investigation.

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