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Research Article

Free Base Lysine Increases Survival and Reduces Metastasis in Prostate Cancer Model

Arig Ibrahim-Hashim1*, Jonathan W. Wojtkowiak1, Maria de Lourdes Coelho Ribeiro1, Veronica Estrella1, Kate M. Bailey1, Heather H. Cornnell1, Robert A. Gatenby2 and Robert J Gillies1,2

1Department of Imaging, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa, FL 33612

2Department of Radiology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa, FL 33612

*Corresponding Author:
Arig Ibrahim-Hashim
Department of Radiology
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
12902 Magnolia Dr, Tampa, FL, 33612, USA
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: November 03, 2011; Accepted Date: November 17, 2011; Published Date: November 19, 2011

Citation: Ibrahim-Hashim A, Wojtkowiak JW, de Lourdes Coelho Ribeiro M, Estrella V, Bailey KM, et al. (2011) Free Base Lysine Increases Survival and Reduces Metastasis in Prostate Cancer Model. J Cancer Sci Ther S1:004. doi: 10.4172/1948-5956.S1-004

Copyright: © 2011 Ibrahim-Hashim A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: Malignant tumor cells typically metabolize glucose anaerobically to lactic acid even under normal oxygen tension, a phenomenon called aerobic glycolysis or the Warburg effect. This results in increased acid production and the acidification of the extracellular microenvironment in solid tumors. H + ions tend to flow along concentration gradients into peritumoral normal tissue causing extracellular matrix degradation and increased tumor cell motility thus promoting invasion and metastasis. We have shown that reducing this acidity with sodium bicarbonate buffer decreases the metastatic fitness of circulating tumor cells in prostate cancer and other cancer models. Mathematical models of the tumor-host dynamics predicted that buffers with a pka around 7 will be more effective in reducing intra- and peri-tumoral acidosis and, thus, and possibly more effective in inhibiting tumor metastasis than sodium bicarbonate which has a pKa around 6. Here we test this prediction the efficacy of free base lysine; a non-bicarbonate / non-volatile buffer with a higher pKa (~10), on prostate tumor metastases model.

Methods: Oxygen consumption and acid production rate of PC3M prostate cancer cells and normal prostate cells were determined using the Seahorse Extracellular Flux (XF-96) analyzer. In vivo effect of 200 mM lysine started four days prior to inoculation on inhibition of metastasis was examined in PC3M-LUC-C6 prostate cancer model using SCID mice. Metastases were followed by bioluminescence imaging.

Results: PC3M prostate cancer cells are highly acidic in comparison to a normal prostate cell line indicating that reduction of intra- and perit-tumoral acidosis should inhibit metastases formation. In vivo administration of 200 mM free base lysine increased survival and reduced metastasis.

Conclusion: PC3M prostate cancer cells are highly glycolytic and produce large amounts of acid when compared to normal prostate cells. Administration of non-volatile buffer decreased growth of metastases and improved survival indicating acidity plays a significant role in growth and invasion in-vivo.