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Decio A.,Laboratory of Biology and Treatment of Metastasis | Cesca M.,Laboratory of Biology and Treatment of Metastasis | Bizzaro F.,Laboratory of Biology and Treatment of Metastasis | Porcu L.,Laboratory of Methodology for Biomedical Research | And 5 more authors.
Clinical and Experimental Metastasis

Cediranib is a pan-vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor that affects tumor angiogenesis and is under investigation in clinical studies on ovarian cancer. Using a panel of eleven patient-derived ovarian cancer xenografts (EOC-PDX) growing orthotopically in the peritoneal cavity of nude mice we investigated the effect of cediranib as monotherapy or in combination with chemotherapy on overall survival (primary endpoint, at euthanasia), and tumor dissemination and metastasis in the peritoneal cavity (secondary endpoint, interim analysis). The response of EOC-PDX to cediranib varied (increment of lifespan, ILS between 12 and 85 %) in the different EOC-PDX, independently from tumor responsiveness to cisplatin (DDP). Cediranib combined with DDP and in maintenance regimen prolonged the survival of mice bearing EOC-PDX with different responsiveness to DDP (ILS between 34 and 224 % with only DDP and between 135 and 337 % with DDP plus Cediranib); survival was extended with the addition of paclitaxel to chemotherapy (50–77 % complete remissions). Cediranib reduced ascites of advanced EOC-PDX, but had limited effect on tumor dissemination; only combined with chemotherapy, ascites and metastases were both reduced. The reduction of tumor dissemination was associated to the increase of overall survival. In conclusion, the response to cediranib differs in the various EOC-PDX, reproducing the heterogeneous response of cancer patients to angiogenesis inhibitors. Cediranib potentiated chemotherapy, significantly inhibiting tumor progression and dissemination to metastatic organs, even in tumors poorly responsive to DDP. EOC-PDX preclinical models with different responsiveness to Cediranib may help in identifying determinants of response to cediranib and mechanisms of adaptation to antiangiogenic treatments. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Source

Decio A.,Laboratory of Biology and Treatment of Metastasis | Taraboletti G.,Laboratory of Biology and Treatment of Metastasis | Patton V.,Nerviano Medical science Oncology | Alzani R.,Nerviano Medical science Oncology | And 5 more authors.
American Journal of Pathology

Vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGFC) has been reported to promote tumor progression in several tumor types, mainly through the stimulation of lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic metastasis. However, the expression and biological significance of the VEGFC/VEGF receptor (VEGFR)-3 pathway in ovarian cancer growth and dissemination are unclear, and have been investigated in this study. Soluble VEGFC was detected in the plasma and ascites of patients with ovarian carcinoma, and VEGFR3 expression was found in their tumor tissues. In human ovarian carcinoma xenograft models, high levels of soluble VEGFC in ascites and serum were detected, in association with disease progression, tumor burden, and volume of ascites. Peak VEGFC expression preceded para-aortic lymph node infiltration by HOC8 neoplastic cells. Histological detection of tumor cells in blood and lymphatic vessels indicated both hematogenous and lymphatic dissemination. Overexpression of VEGFC in the VEGFR3-positive and luciferase-expressing IGROV1 cells promoted carcinoma dissemination after orthotopic transplantation in the ovary of immunodeficient mice. In vitro, VEGFC released by the tumor cells stimulated tumor cell migration in an autocrine manner. Cediranib, an inhibitor of VEGFR1-3 and c-kit, inhibited in vivo metastasis of VEGFC-overexpressing IGROV1 and in vitro autocrine effects. These findings suggest that the VEGFC/VEGFR3 pathway acts as an enhancer of ovarian cancer progression through autocrine and paracrine mechanisms, hence offering a potential target for therapy. Source

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