Journal Article 2-Deoxy-D-glucose Sensitizes Cancer Cells to Barasertib and Everolimus by ROS-independent Mechanism(s).

Zhelev, Zhivko  ,  Ivanova, Donika  ,  Aoki, Ichio  ,  Saga, Tsuneo  ,  Bakalova, Rumiana

35 ( 12 )  , pp.6623 - 6632 , 2015-12 , International Institute of Anticancer Research
The aim of the present study was to investigate: (i) the possibility of sensitizing cancer cells to anticancer drugs using the redox modulator 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DDG); (ii) to find such combinations with synergistic cytotoxic effect; (iii) and to clarify the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) for induction of apoptosis and cytotoxicity through these combinations. The study covers 15 anticancer drugs - both conventional and new-generation. Four parameters were analyzed simultaneously in Jurkat leukemia cells, treated by drugs or 2-DDG (separately or in combination): cell viability, induction of apoptosis, levels of ROS, and level of protein-carbonyl products. Very well-expressed synergistic cytotoxic effects were found after 48-h treatment of Jurkat cells with 2-DDG in combination with: palbociclib, everolimus, lonafarnib, bortezomib, and barasertib. The synergistic cytotoxic effect of everolimus with 2-DDG was accompanied by very strong induction of apoptosis in cells, but a very strong reduction of ROS level. Changes in the levels of protein-carbonyl products were not detected. The synergistic cytotoxic effect of barasertib with 2-DDG was accompanied by very strong induction of apoptosis in cells, without any increase of ROS levels, but with an enhancement of protein-carbonyl products.

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