Author(s): Gebremeskel S, LeVatte T, Liwski RS, Johnston B, Bezuhly M
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Abstract Tumor cells use activated platelets to promote their proliferation and metastatic potential. Because platelet activation is largely mediated through ADP engagement of purinergic P2Y12 receptors on platelets, we investigated the potential of the reversible P2Y12 inhibitor ticagrelor, a clinical agent used in the prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events, to inhibit tumor adhesion and metastasis. In B16-F10 melanoma intravenous and intrasplenic metastasis models, mice treated with a clinical dose of ticagrelor (10 mg/kg) exhibited marked reductions in lung (84\%) and liver (86\%) metastases. Furthermore, ticagrelor treatment improved survival compared to saline-treated animals. A similar effect was observed in a 4T1 breast cancer model, with reductions in lung (55\%) and bone marrow (87\%) metastases following ticagrelor treatment. In vitro, B16-F10 cells exhibited decreased interaction with platelets from ticagrelor-treated mice compared to saline-treated mice, an effect similar to that observed with blockade of glycoprotein IIbIIIa. Similarly, B16-F10 cells co-incubated with platelets from ticagrelor-treated mice exhibited reduced adhesion to endothelial monolayers compared to those co-incubated with platelets from saline-treated animals, an effect also observed in vivo. Interestingly, pretreatment of endothelial monolayers with ticagrelor did not result in reduced tumor cell adhesion. These findings support a role for P2Y12-mediated platelet activation in promoting metastases, and provide proof-of-concept for the clinical use of ticagrelor in the prevention of tumor metastasis. © 2014 UICC.
This article was published in Int J Cancer
and referenced in Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry