Enhancement of radiosensitivity in human esophageal carcinoma cells by fenofibrate and its potential mechanism.

PMID 25712601


Fenofibrate is a specific agonist of PPARα, and is characterized by relatively low systemic toxicity. Recent studies have revealed that fenofibrate suppresses the growth of several cancer lines in vitro, but the exact relation between fenofibrate and irradiation has not been explored. The purpose of this study was to investigate the radiosensitivity enhancement effects of fenofibrate combined with radiation on the human esophageal carcinoma cell lines Eca-109 and TE1, and the potential mechanism underlying these effects. The Eca-109 and TE1 cell lines were tested by the CCK-8 assay for cell proliferation. The multitarget click model was used to delineate the survival curve and radiosensitivity was determined after cells were treated with fenofibrate and/or x-ray radiation. Flow cytometry was used to examine the effect of fenofibrate and radiation on the cell cycle. The expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) protein was detected by Western blot analysis. When given alone, fenofibrate had a time- and concentration-dependent cytotoxic effect on cells. The dose-enhancement ratio for combined fenofibrate and radiation increased markedly compared with fenofibrate alone. Further, the ratio of cells in the G2/M phase after fenofibrate and radiation was higher than that after fenofibrate or irradiation alone. The expression of VEGF protein was suppressed after treatment with fenofibrate alone or fenofibrate plus radiation. Fenofibrate can enhance the radiosensitivity of human esophageal carcinoma cells by increasing G2/M phase arrest. Modulation of VEGF expression could contribute in vivo to a favorable interaction.