Epidemiological studies have suggested that diabetes is associated with an increased risk of cancer. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. We investigated here whether DNA aptamer directed against advanced glycation end products (AGE-aptamer) inhibited melanoma growth in nude mice. G361 melanoma cells were injected intradermally into the upper flank of athymic nude mice. Mice received continuous intraperitoneal infusion (0.136 μg/day) of either AGE-aptamer (n=9) or Control-aptamer (n=8) by an osmotic mini pump. Tumor volume was measured at 4-day interval, and G361 melanoma was excised at day 43 after the aptamer treatment. We further examined the effects of AGE-aptamer on proliferation of AGE-exposed endothelial cells and G361 cells. AGE-aptamer significantly inhibited the in vivo-tumor growth of G361 melanoma. Immunohistochemical and western blotting analyses of G361 melanoma revealed that AGE-aptamer decreased expression levels of proliferating nuclear antigen, CD31 and Mac-3, markers of endothelial cells and macrophages, respectively. AGE-aptamer significantly decreased the number of tumor-associated vessels. AGE, receptor for AGE (RAGE) and vascular endothelial growth factor levels were also reduced in AGE-aptamer-treated G361 melanoma. AGE-aptamer inhibited the AGE-induced proliferation and tube formation of endothelial cells as well as the growth of G361 cells in vitro. The present findings suggest that AGE-aptamer could inhibit the AGE-RAGE axis in G361 melanoma and resultantly suppress the tumor growth in nude mice by blocking the angiogenesis. AGE-aptamer might be a novel therapeutic strategy for preventing the progression of malignant melanoma in diabetes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology