Pharmacological basis for cladribine resistance in a human acute T lymphoblastic leukaemia cell line selected for resistance to etoposide
2001 (English)In: British Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0007-1048, E-ISSN 1365-2141, Vol. 113, no 2, 339-346 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Cross-resistance between different classes of anti-neoplastic agents can jeopardize successful combination cancer chemotherapy. In this study, we observed an unexpected cross-resistance between the podophyllotoxine derivative etoposide (VP) and the nucleoside analogue cladribine (CdA) in CCRF-CEM cells developed for resistance to VP. The resistant cells also displayed 14- and twofold resistance to cytarabine (ara-C) and gemcitabine respectively. Closer analysis of these cells showed that they contained lower amounts of topoisomerase (topo) IIα (P < 0·001) and β protein (P < 0·026), formed substantially lower amounts of the topo II–DNA complex, and had a markedly decreased level of Fas (CD95/APO-1)-ligand mRNA expression. Interestingly, Fas expression in the resistant cells did not differ from that in the parental cell line. No differences were observed in the accumulation/efflux of daunorubicin or in the gene expressions of P-glycoprotein, multidrug resistance-associated protein and the lung resistance-related protein. The activity of deoxycytidine kinase (dCK), responsible for activation of CdA and ara-C, was the same for resistant and wild-type cells. However, there was an increase in the activity of the cytosolic 5′-nucleotidases (5′-NT), responsible for deactivation of nucleotides, amounting to 206% (P < 0·001) for the high Km and 134% (P < 0·331) for the low Km 5′-NT in resistant cells. The high Km 5′-NT is probably responsible for the decreased amount of the active metabolite CdA 5′-triphosphate [40% decreased (P < 0·045)], as well as for other purine ribonucleosides and deoxyribonucleosides triphosphates in the resistant cells. In contrast, a significantly higher deoxycytidine triphosphate (dCTP) level (167%, P < 0·001) was observed in the resistant cells. Thus, this study suggests that the major cause of resistance to the nucleoside analogues CdA and ara-C in cells selected for resistance to VP is a result of metabolic alterations producing increased activity of 5′-NT and higher dCTP levels. Furthermore, these results indicate that there is a common factor in the regulation of nucleotide-degrading enzymes and DNA topoisomerases, which may be altered in cross-resistant cells.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 113, no 2, 339-346 p.
etoposide, cladribine, CD95, deoxycytidine kinase, 5′-nucleotidase
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26977DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2141.2001.02751.xLocal ID: 11611OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26977DiVA: diva2:247528