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Molecular and cellular endocrinology

Celecoxib, a cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, potentiates the chemotherapic effect of vinorelbine in the medullary thyroid cancer TT cell line.


PMID 22305971

Abstract

We analyzed the in vitro effects of celecoxib, a COX-2 inhibitor, and determined if celecoxib can sensitize a human MTC-derived cell line (TT) to chemotherapeutics. We found that celecoxib induced apoptosis in TT cells and decreased drug efflux by reducing the expression of MDR-1 mRNA, which codes for the drug efflux pump P-gp. We also observed that TT cells were 10-fold more resistant to doxorubicin than to vinorelbine, mimicking what can be observed in clinical practice. In addition, we found that the combination of celecoxib and vinorelbine, but not doxorubicin, induced a significant reduction in cell viability and a significant increase in apoptosis. In conclusion, we showed that celecoxib was able to enhance the chemotherapeutic effect of vinorelbine. A clinical trial exploring the in vivo activities of celecoxib in MTC patients who cannot benefit from available treatments would be desirable, taking into account the possible risks of cardiovascular effects of this drug.

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