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Abstract Title:

Ascorbic Acid Chemosensitizes Colorectal Cancer Cells and Synergistically Inhibits Tumor Growth.

Abstract Source:

Front Physiol. 2018 ;9:911. Epub 2018 Jul 23. PMID: 30083105

Abstract Author(s):

Ana S Pires, Cláudia R Marques, João C Encarnação, Ana M Abrantes, Inês A Marques, Mafalda Laranjo, Rui Oliveira, João E Casalta-Lopes, Ana C Gonçalves, Ana B Sarmento-Ribeiro, Maria F Botelho

Article Affiliation:

Ana S Pires


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is continuously classified as one of the most incidental and mortal types of cancer worldwide. The positive outcomes of the conventional chemotherapy are frequently associated with high toxicity, which often leads to the suspension of the treatment. Growing evidences consider the use of pharmacological concentrations of ascorbic acid (AA), better known as vitamin C, in the treatment of cancer. The use of AA in a clinical context is essentially related to the adoption of new therapeutic strategies based on combination regimens, where AA plays a chemosensitizing role. The reduced sensitivity of some tumors to chemotherapy and the highly associated adverse effects continue to be some of the major obstacles in the effective treatment of CRC. So, this paper aimed to study the potential of a new therapeutic approach against this neoplasia with diminished side effects for the patient. This approach was based on the study of the combination of high concentrations of AA with reduced concentrations of drugs conventionally used in CRC patients and eligible for first and second line chemotherapeutic regimens, namely 5-fluorouracilo (5-FU), oxaliplatin (Oxa) or irinotecan (Iri). The evaluation of the potential synergy between the compounds was first assessedin three CRC cell lines with different genetic background and laterusing one xenograft animal model of CRC. AA and 5-FU act synergisticallyjust for longer incubation times, however,showed no benefit compared to 5-FU alone. In contrast to the lack of synergy seen instudies with the combination of AA with irinotecan, the animal model revealed the therapeutic potential of this combination. AA also potentiated the effect of Oxa, since a synergistic effect was demonstrated, in almost all conditions and in the three cell lines. Moreover, this combined therapy (CT) caused a stagnation of the tumor growth rate, being the most promising tested combination. Pharmacological concentrations of AA increased the efficacy of Iri and Oxa against CRC, with promising results in cell lines with more aggressive phenotypes, namely, tumors with mutant or null P53 expression and tumors resistant to chemotherapy.

Study Type : Animal Study, In Vitro Study

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