Cancer of the reproductive tract encompasses malignancies of the uterine corpus, cervix, ovary, Fallopian tube, among others and accounts for 15% of female cancer mortalities. Tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) mediates apoptosis by binding to death receptors and offers a promising cancer treatment. The goal of this study was to investigate and characterize the effect of TRAIL in endometrial cancer cell lines and normal (non-cancerous) epithelial cells of endometrial origin. We also examined the effect of TRAIL in other primary cultured cancers and normal cells of the human female reproductive tract and evaluated if TRAIL mediated apoptosis correlated with death receptors and decoy receptors 1 and 2. Herein, we demonstrate that TRAIL at concentrations which kill cancerous cells, does not mediate apoptosis or alter cell viability in normal human endometrium, ovary, cervix or Fallopian tube. The partial inhibition by a caspase 9 inhibitor and the total inhibition by a caspase 8 inhibitor demonstrates the dependency on the extrinsic apoptotic pathway. The selective mortality does not correlate with the presence of death or decoy receptors. These results suggest that TRAIL may be an effective treatment for endometrial cancer and other female reproductive cancers, with minimal secondary effects on healthy tissue.
|Number of pages
|Apoptosis : an international journal on programmed cell death
|Published - Jan 2007
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust GR071469 (GIO) and the Chilean national science grants FONDECYT 1060495 (GIO) and 1020675 (MC).
- Ovarian cancer