Human topoisomerase II (hTopoII) inhibitors are important chemotherapeutic agents in many different settings including treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Topoisomerase poisons, such as etoposide and doxorubicin, function by trapping the DNA-enzyme covalent complex producing DNA strand breaks which can ultimately lead to cancer cell death, as well as development of secondary malignancies. While these compounds have been used successfully in treating a wide variety of cancers, their use against mesothelioma has been limited. This study evaluates the antiproliferative activity of series of acridine-based catalytic inhibitors of hTopoII using four mesothelioma cell lines (H513, H2372, H2461, and H2596). The results indicate these compounds inhibit malignant cell proliferation with EC50 values ranging from 6.9 to 32 μM. Experiments are also performed that show that combination therapies may be used to increase potency. Based on the results of PARP cleavage and Guava Nexin assay, it is concluded that the primary mode of cell death is by apoptosis. The results are consistent with prior work involving pancreatic cancer and hTopoII catalytic inhibitors and suggest substituted acridines may hold promise in treating malignant mesothelioma.
- 9-aminoacridine derivatives
- Human topoisomerase II