Diet and tumor LKB1 expression interact to determine sensitivity to anti-neoplastic effects of metformin in vivo.
Journal - Oncogene
Hypothesis-generating epidemiological research has suggested that cancer burden is reduced in diabetics treated with metformin and experimental work has raised questions regarding the role of direct adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK)-mediated anti-neoplastic effects of metformin as compared with indirect effects attributable to reductions in circulating insulin levels in the host. We treated both tumor LKB1 expression and host diet as variables, and observed that metformin inhibited tumor growth and reduced insulin receptor activation in tumors of mice with diet-induced hyperinsulinemia, independent of tumor LKB1 expression. In the absence of hyperinsulinemia, metformin inhibited only the growth of tumors transfected with short hairpin RNA against LKB1, a finding attributable neither to an effect on host insulin level nor to activation of AMPK within the tumor. Further investigation in vitro showed that cells with reduced LKB1 expression are more sensitive to metformin-induced adenosine triphosphate depletion owing to impaired ability to activate LKB1-AMPK-dependent energy-conservation mechanisms. Thus, loss of function of LKB1 can accelerate proliferation in contexts where it functions as a tumor suppressor, but can also sensitize cells to metformin. These findings predict that any clinical utility of metformin or similar compounds in oncology will be restricted to subpopulations defined by host insulin levels and/or loss of function of LKB1.Oncogene advance online publication, 22 November 2010; doi:10.1038/onc.2010.483.
Metformin attenuates the stimulatory effect of a high-energy diet on in vivo LLC1 carcinoma growth.
Journal - Endocrine-related cancer (England )
We investigated the effects of metformin on the growth of lewis lung LLC1 carcinoma in C57BL/6J mice provided with either a control diet or a high-energy diet, previously reported to lead to weight gain and systemic insulin resistance with hyperinsulinemia. Forty-eight male mice were randomized into four groups: control diet, control diet+metformin, high-energy diet, or high-energy diet+metformin. Following 8 weeks on the experimental diets, selected groups received metformin in their drinking water. Three weeks following the start of metformin treatment, mice were injected with 0.5x10(6) LLC1 cells and tumor growth was measured for 17 days. By day 17, tumors of mice on the high-energy diet were nearly twice the volume of those of mice on the control diet. This effect of diet on tumor growth was significantly attenuated by metformin, but metformin had no effect on tumor growth of the mice on the control diet. Metformin attenuated the increased insulin receptor activation associated with the high-energy diet and also led to increased phosphorylation of AMP kinase, two actions that would be expected to decrease neoplastic proliferation. These experimental results are consistent with prior hypothesis-generating epidemiological studies that suggest that metformin may reduce cancer risk and improve cancer prognosis. Finally, these results contribute to the rationale for evaluation of the anti-neoplastic activity of metformin in hyperinsulinemic cancer patients.
|ISSN : ||1351-0088|
|Mesh Heading : ||Algorithms Animals Carcinoma, Lewis Lung Cell Proliferation Drug Evaluation, Preclinical Energy Intake Hypoglycemic Agents Lung Neoplasms Male Metformin Mice Mice, Inbred C57BL Random Allocation Signal Transduction Tumor Burden Weight Gain metabolism drug effects pharmacology drug effects drug effects drug effects|
|Mesh Heading Relevant : ||Diet, Atherogenic pathology drug effects physiology pathology pharmacology|