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Giant Lysosomes as a Chemotherapy Resistance Mechanism in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells.

Colombo F, Trombetta E, Cetrangolo P, Maggioni M, Razini P, De Santis F, Torrente Y, Prati D, Torresani E, Porretti L - PLoS ONE (2014)

Bottom Line: ABC expression analyses showed that the main ABC protein harboured by all of the cell lines was PGP, whose expression was not limited to the cell membrane but was also found on lysosomes.The findings of this study demonstrate the involvement of PGP-positive lysosomes in drug sequestration and MDR in HCC cell lines.The possibility of modulating this mechanism using PGP inhibitors could lead to the development of new targeted strategies to enhance HCC treatment.

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Affiliation: Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology Laboratory, Flow Cytometry and Experimental Hepatology Service, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy.

ABSTRACT
Despite continuous improvements in therapeutic protocols, cancer-related mortality is still one of the main problems facing public health. The main cause of treatment failure is multi-drug resistance (MDR: simultaneous insensitivity to different anti-cancer agents), the underlying molecular and biological mechanisms of which include the activity of ATP binding cassette (ABC) proteins and drug compartmentalisation in cell organelles. We investigated the expression of the main ABC proteins and the role of cytoplasmic vacuoles in the MDR of six hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines, and confirmed the accumulation of the yellow anti-cancer drug sunitinib in giant (four lines) and small cytoplasmic vacuoles of lysosomal origin (two lines). ABC expression analyses showed that the main ABC protein harboured by all of the cell lines was PGP, whose expression was not limited to the cell membrane but was also found on lysosomes. MTT assays showed that the cell lines with giant lysosomes were more resistant to sorafenib treatment than those with small lysosomes (p<0.01), and that verapamil incubation can revert this resistance, especially if it is administered after drug pre-incubation. The findings of this study demonstrate the involvement of PGP-positive lysosomes in drug sequestration and MDR in HCC cell lines. The possibility of modulating this mechanism using PGP inhibitors could lead to the development of new targeted strategies to enhance HCC treatment.

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Time-lapse experiments.Over a period of seven hours it is possible to see that some lysosomes released their content outside the cells (top row, white circles), whereas others started to accumulate new sunitinib in their lumens (bottom row, white arrowheads).
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pone-0114787-g006: Time-lapse experiments.Over a period of seven hours it is possible to see that some lysosomes released their content outside the cells (top row, white circles), whereas others started to accumulate new sunitinib in their lumens (bottom row, white arrowheads).

Mentions: The time-lapse experiments showed that some of the vesicles retained their content for seven hours, whereas others fused with the cell membrane and released their contents outside the cells. This behaviour is consistent with that of secretory lysosomes [22]. It was also possible to observe that some of these lysosomes stored new sunitinib, thus enhancing their fluorescence (Fig. 6 and S1 Video).


Giant Lysosomes as a Chemotherapy Resistance Mechanism in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells.

Colombo F, Trombetta E, Cetrangolo P, Maggioni M, Razini P, De Santis F, Torrente Y, Prati D, Torresani E, Porretti L - PLoS ONE (2014)

Time-lapse experiments.Over a period of seven hours it is possible to see that some lysosomes released their content outside the cells (top row, white circles), whereas others started to accumulate new sunitinib in their lumens (bottom row, white arrowheads).
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pone-0114787-g006: Time-lapse experiments.Over a period of seven hours it is possible to see that some lysosomes released their content outside the cells (top row, white circles), whereas others started to accumulate new sunitinib in their lumens (bottom row, white arrowheads).
Mentions: The time-lapse experiments showed that some of the vesicles retained their content for seven hours, whereas others fused with the cell membrane and released their contents outside the cells. This behaviour is consistent with that of secretory lysosomes [22]. It was also possible to observe that some of these lysosomes stored new sunitinib, thus enhancing their fluorescence (Fig. 6 and S1 Video).

Bottom Line: ABC expression analyses showed that the main ABC protein harboured by all of the cell lines was PGP, whose expression was not limited to the cell membrane but was also found on lysosomes.The findings of this study demonstrate the involvement of PGP-positive lysosomes in drug sequestration and MDR in HCC cell lines.The possibility of modulating this mechanism using PGP inhibitors could lead to the development of new targeted strategies to enhance HCC treatment.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology Laboratory, Flow Cytometry and Experimental Hepatology Service, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy.

ABSTRACT
Despite continuous improvements in therapeutic protocols, cancer-related mortality is still one of the main problems facing public health. The main cause of treatment failure is multi-drug resistance (MDR: simultaneous insensitivity to different anti-cancer agents), the underlying molecular and biological mechanisms of which include the activity of ATP binding cassette (ABC) proteins and drug compartmentalisation in cell organelles. We investigated the expression of the main ABC proteins and the role of cytoplasmic vacuoles in the MDR of six hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines, and confirmed the accumulation of the yellow anti-cancer drug sunitinib in giant (four lines) and small cytoplasmic vacuoles of lysosomal origin (two lines). ABC expression analyses showed that the main ABC protein harboured by all of the cell lines was PGP, whose expression was not limited to the cell membrane but was also found on lysosomes. MTT assays showed that the cell lines with giant lysosomes were more resistant to sorafenib treatment than those with small lysosomes (p<0.01), and that verapamil incubation can revert this resistance, especially if it is administered after drug pre-incubation. The findings of this study demonstrate the involvement of PGP-positive lysosomes in drug sequestration and MDR in HCC cell lines. The possibility of modulating this mechanism using PGP inhibitors could lead to the development of new targeted strategies to enhance HCC treatment.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus