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Starvation-induced activation of ATM/Chk2/p53 signaling sensitizes cancer cells to cisplatin
© Shi et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
Received: 17 May 2012
Accepted: 27 November 2012
Published: 4 December 2012
Optimizing the safety and efficacy of standard chemotherapeutic agents such as cisplatin (CDDP) is of clinical relevance. Serum starvation in vitro and short-term food starvation in vivo both stress cells by the sudden depletion of paracrine growth stimulation.
The effects of serum starvation on CDDP toxicity were investigated in normal and cancer cells by assessing proliferation, cell cycle distribution and activation of DNA-damage response and of AMPK, and were compared to effects observed in cells grown in serum-containing medium. The effects of short-term food starvation on CDDP chemotherapy were assessed in xenografts-bearing mice and were compared to effects on tumor growth and/or regression determined in mice with no diet alteration.
We observed that serum starvation in vitro sensitizes cancer cells to CDDP while protecting normal cells. In detail, in normal cells, serum starvation resulted in a complete arrest of cellular proliferation, i.e. depletion of BrdU-incorporation during S-phase and accumulation of the cells in the G0/G1-phase of the cell cycle. Further analysis revealed that proliferation arrest in normal cells is due to p53/p21 activation, which is AMPK-dependent and ATM-independent. In cancer cells, serum starvation also decreased the fraction of S-phase cells but to a minor extent. In contrast to normal cells, serum starvation-induced p53 activation in cancer cells is both AMPK- and ATM-dependent. Combination of CDDP with serum starvation in vitro increased the activation of ATM/Chk2/p53 signaling pathway compared to either treatment alone resulting in an enhanced sensitization of cancer cells to CDDP. Finally, short-term food starvation dramatically increased the sensitivity of human tumor xenografts to cisplatin as indicated not only by a significant growth delay, but also by the induction of complete remission in 60% of the animals bearing mesothelioma xenografts, and in 40% of the animals with lung carcinoma xenografts.
In normal cells, serum starvation in vitro induces a cell cycle arrest and protects from CDDP induced toxicity. In contrast, proliferation of cancer cells is only moderately reduced by serum starvation whereas CDDP toxicity is enhanced. The combination of CDDP treatment with short term food starvation improved outcome in vivo. Therefore, starvation has the potential to enhance the therapeutic index of cisplatin-based therapy.
Cisplatin (CDDP) is a standard therapeutic agent for the treatment of various solid tumors. Its efficacy however may be limited by patients’ tolerance . The aim of our investigation was to identify ways to increase the efficacy of CDDP for cancer killing while enhancing the tolerance of normal cells.
Tumor cells are exposed to numerous cellular stresses, such as oncogene-induced genotoxic stress , oxidative stress , and metabolic stress , which are not affecting normal cells. Thus, tumor cells are more dependent on stress support pathways for survival compared to normal cells. Therapy targeting the stress response pathways, which can principally be reached through inhibiting the activity of these pathways or through overloading stress to overwhelm these pathways, may be specifically detrimental to cancer cells while sparing normal cells . For example it has been shown that interfering the cellular response to oxidative stress by a small molecule selectively kills cancer cells , and that targeting replicative stress response pathway resulted in specific killing of oncogene-driven tumors .
Serum starvation in vitro and short-term food starvation (STS) in vivo have been demonstrated to reduce the levels of growth factors [8–11]. In normal cells, depletion of paracrine growth factors reduces the activity of proliferation-stimulating signaling pathways and reduces basal cellular metabolism subsequently leading cells to enter a proliferation-quiescent status . In contrast, starvation may specifically induce stress in cancer cells because cancer cells struggle to adapt to the loss of external growth factors by adjusting autonomous growth stimulation and reprogramming their metabolism thereby maintaining continuous proliferation .
We investigated whether starvation affected the outcome of CDDP therapy in vitro and in animal models. We show that serum starvation activates the cellular DNA damage response pathway specifically in cancer cells. Our data suggest that starvation has a potential to increase CDDP-induced toxicity in cancer cells and simultaneously enhance the tolerance of normal cells to CDDP treatment.
Serum starvation sensitizes ZL55cancer cells to CDDP
To explore the mechanism of the CDDP sensitization by serum starvation, the response of cancer cells to serum starvation was examined in more detail. ATM is the key component in cellular stress responses to DNA damage and oxidative stress [14, 15]. In ZL55 cells serum starvation induced a five-fold increase of nuclei positive for Serine1981-phosphorylated ATM (Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated), compared to untreated control (Figure 1E, and Additional file 1: Figure S1A and S1C). The starvation-induced activation of ATM in ZL55 cells was confirmed by Western blot analysis (Figure 1F), which revealed a 40% increase in phosphorylated ATM. Chk2 and p53 are downstream targets of ATM [14, 15]. In addition to the activation of ATM, enhanced phosphorylation of Chk2 and 50% elevation of p53 protein levels were also observed in starved ZL55 cells. We noticed that the serine15-phosphorylation status of p53 in cancer cells is not affected by serum starvation (Figure 1F).
CDDP-triggered high levels of pATM-S1981 in ZL55 cells, which was further increased significantly (P<0.001)in the presence of serum starvation (Figure 1E and 1 F, and Additional file 1: Figure S1B and S1D)resulting in more than 90% pATM-S1981 positive nuclei under immunofluorescent microscopy.
In summary, serum starvation and CDDP both activate ATM/Chk2/p53 signaling in ZL55 cancer cells and when combined result in an enhanced activation of the signaling and sensitization of cancer cells to CDDP.
Activation of ATM/p53 is required for the sensitization of cancer cells to CDDP
Serum starvation-triggered phosphorylation of AMPK is required for the stabilization of p53 in cancer cells
AMPK is an important regulator in cellular stress responses  and activates p53 in response to glucose starvation . The phosphorylation on the Thr-172 of AMPKα (pAMPK-Thr172) is the crucial step of AMPK activation . The involvement of AMPK in the cellular response to serum starvation was examined in cancer cells. Increased levels of pAMPK-Thr172 were observed after serum starvation (Figure 2D). In agreement with the activation of AMPK, elevated phosphorylation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC), one of the downstream targets of AMPK , was detected in starved ZL55 cells as well, which was suppressed in the presence of compound C, the specific inhibitor of AMPK  (Figure 2E). Compound C inhibited the activation of p53 induced by both CDDP and serum starvation (Figure 2E), indicating a general role of AMPK in the activation of p53 in cancer cells. Consistent with studies indicating that inhibition of IGF1 signaling is required for starvation-mediated sensitization of cancer cells to therapeutic drugs [22, 23], we observed a decrease of AKT phosphorylation upon serum starvation (Figure 2F). The latter was not affected by ATM inhibitor Ku55933 or AMPK inhibitor Compound C, indicating that the inactivation of PI3K pathway and the activation of p53 by AMPK/ATM are likely independent mechanisms.
In addition, we verified the possible interference of ATM and AMPK inhibitors on mTOR signaling by testing their effects on the phosphorylation of S6, which is a target downstream of mTOR. While serum starvation strongly inhibited the phosphorylating of S6, ATM inhibitor Ku55933 and AMPK inhibitor Compound C did not show any effect on the S6 phosphorylation (Figure 2G), suggesting that ATM inhibitor (Ku55933) and AMPK inhibitor (Compound C) were quite target-specific and do not interfere activity of mTOR signaling.
Short-term food starvation sensitizes human mesothelioma xenografts to CDDP
Animals lost 15% in average body weight during STS, but they regained most of the lost body weight during the next day after STS (Additional file 1: Figure S3).No apparent effect on the evolution of body weight was observed overlong term duration (Figure 3C). Thus, our data suggest that STS with water ad libitum is tolerable for animals and strongly sensitizes mesothelioma tumors to CDDP in vivo.
STS sensitizes human lung carcinoma A549 xenografts to CDDP
In normal cells serum starvation results in proliferation arrest and protection against CDDP toxicity
In agreement with the ATM activation status, CDDP exposure induced activation of p53 (phosphorylation and protein accumulation) and p21 accumulation (Figure 5E and 5F). Consistent with the increased CPPD tolerance of serum-starved normal cells, CDDP-induced activation of ATM was suppressed by serum starvation (Figure 5E and 5F, and Additional file 1: Figure S5B and S5D). Although serum starvation alone did not induce activation of ATM, it triggered accumulation of p53 and the cell cycle inhibitor p21 (Figure 5F).
In order to investigate the mechanism responsible for p53 and p21 activation upon serum-starvation, we tested whether AMPK was activated by serum starvation in normal cells as well. Serum starvation induced pAMPK-Thr172 in SDM104 cells, which was confirmed by the increased phosphorylation of ACC (Figure 5G). The serum starvation-induced accumulation of p53 and the up-regulation of p21 in normal cells were inhibited by the AMPK inhibitor compound C (Figure 5G), suggesting that activation of AMPK is required for serum starvation-induced upregulation of p53 and p21. Together, these results demonstrate that serum starvation induces in normal cells the activation of AMPK thereby initiating a p53/p21-mediated proliferation arrest, which confers resistance to CDDP-induced cytotoxicity.
One of the potential reasons for ATM/Chk2/p53 activation by serum starvation may be due to a temporary loss of coordination between the cell proliferation driven by oncogenic mutations and the paracrine growth factors–stimulated cell growth, thus resulting in cellular stress. For example, proliferation in the absence of serum is known to lead to depletion of the nucleotide pool , and the latter has been associated with altered DNA replication dynamics and genomic instability which trigger the activation of DNA damage response . In this context it is noteworthy that pemetrexed, an agent known to deplete nucleotide pools in cancer cells , improves the efficacy of CDDP therapy in the clinic [28, 29].
Another possibility for ATM/Chk2/p53 activation by serum starvation is the induction of oxidative stress, which directly oxidizes ATM thereby being independent of DNA damage induction . However, serum starvation did not induce the general oxidative stress marker heme oxygenase-1  in both ZL55 and A549 cancer cell lines tested (Additional file 1: Figure S6), ruling out oxidative stress being involved in starvation-induced CDDP sensitization. Nevertheless, this mechanism could possibly be responsible for ATM activation in HCT116 cells where low expression levels of the ATM-activating MRN-complex protein MRE11 have been described [31, 32]. Understanding the mechanism of serum starvation-induced ATM activation in cancer cells is beyond the scope of the present study and future work will address this issue.
It is noteworthy that serum starvation in cancer cells induced ATM and AMPK-mediated stabilization of p53 only, whereas CDDP treatment triggered both phosphorylation of p53 at Ser15 and stabilization of the protein. Although Ser15 phosphorylation generally stabilizes the p53 protein, Ser15-phosphorylation-unrelated p53 stabilization has also been reported and potential mechanisms include acetylation and methylation. However, an acetylation-dependent mechanism was excluded because of the absence of change of the Lys373 and Lys320 acetylation status of p53 under starvation condition (data not shown). Methylation dependent mechanisms remain to be explored.
In contrast to cancer cells, serum starvation-activated AMPK triggers in normal cells the stabilization of p53 and elevation of p21 thus resulting in a cell cycle arrest. It is known that DNA replication is blocked by CDDP-DNA-adducts, which can lead to DNA replication fork breakdown and subsequent DNA damage accumulation in replicating cells [33, 34]. Therefore, the observed reduction in DNA replication upon serum starvation can explain the enhanced CDDP tolerance in normal cells (Figure 6). Consistently, DNA damage response is not activated after CDDP treatment in serum-starved normal cells.
The outcome of combined STS/CDDP treatment, i.e. tumor growth delay and/or tumor eradication, is similar to a recent observation by Lee et al., where sensitization of cancer cells to several chemotherapeutic drugs was induced by low glucose and low serum level in vitro and STS in vivo. Inhibition of IGF1 signaling was required for starvation-mediated protection of normal cells and sensitization of cancer cells to therapeutic drugs [22, 23].
We show here an additional mechanism mediated by the negative regulatory signaling of AMPK, which is activated under stress conditions, e.g. nutrient starvation, to suppress proliferation . We observed that serum starvation activated AMPK in both cancer and normal cells. Additionally, AMPK activity was necessary for the stabilization of p53 in response to serum starvation in both cancer and normal cells. Thus, our study reveals that in addition to the inhibition of proliferation-enhancing IGF1 signaling pathway, the activation of the AMPK signaling cascade, which suppresses proliferation, is also involved in the starvation-induced protection of normal cells and sensitization of cancer cells to CDDP treatment.
Although the design of our in vivo study does not allow extrapolating that the same mechanisms observed in vitro are operative in vivo, we nevertheless observed that STS sensitized xenografts of mesothelioma and lung cancer to CDDP treatment. Prolonged fasting is now implemented in the treatment of several diseases including rheumatic diseases and chronic pain syndromes , indicating beneficial effects . In the context of cancer treatment, STS is well-tolerated in animal models and reduces the side effects of various chemotherapy regimens [22, 24]. A case series report suggested that STS may also be applicable to cancer patients .
In normal cells, serum starvation-activated AMPK stabilizes p53 and p21 resulting in a proliferation arrest. Serum starvation thereby protects normal cells from CDDP toxicity. In cancer cells, serum starvation additionally activates the ATM/Chk2/p53 stress response signaling pathway, which is also induced by CDDP treatment. The function of AMPK is required for maintaining this signaling. Therefore, combining CDDP treatment with serum starvation results in the hyper-activation of ATM/Chk2/p53 signaling pathway, thus sensitizing cancer cells to CDDP. In line with these in vitro observations, combining CDDP treatment with short-term food starvation in vivo delays tumor growth and induces tumor regression. Thus, our study indicates that STS may enhance the efficacy of CDDP-based chemotherapy.
Cell Cultures and Reagents
Human mesothelioma ZL55 , lung carcinoma A549  cells, the colorectal carcinoma cell lines HCT116 40.16 (p53+/+) and HCT116 379.2 (p53−/−) , and primary normal human mesothelial SDM104  cells were cultured in M199 (Invitrogen)/MCDB106 (Sigma) (1:1) mixed medium supplemented with 15% FCS, 10 ng/ml EGF, and 0.4μg/ml hydrocortisone as described . The M199/MCDB106 medium without supplements was used for serum starvation assays. All cell lines used in this study were authenticated by fingerprinting (Microsynth, Balgach, Switzerland). CDDP (1667 μM saline solution, EbewePharma) was used for all in vitro and in vivo experiments. The CDDP concentration was 8 μM for all in vitro experiments unless otherwise indicated. For the in vitro treatments, cells were incubated with CDDP for 16 hours. Ku55933 and Compound C (Merck) were used at concentrations of 5 μM and 20 μM, respectively. To investigate the effects of serum starvation, CDDP treatment started 8 hours after the beginning of serum starvation and lasted 16 hours in starvation medium. Colony formation assays and MTT cell proliferation assay were performed as described [42, 43]. Due to their limited growth ability, proliferation of normal cells was examined with MTT assay.
Immunostaining and Western blot
For immunostaining, cells were fixed with 4% formaldehyde in PBS for 20 minutes in room temperature. Permeabilization was done with 100% methanol at 4°C for 4 minutes. The incubations with the first and the secondary antibodies were done at room temperature for 2 and 1 hours, respectively. Stained cells were mounted with Prolong Gold Anti-fade reagent with 4′,6 –diamidino-2-phenylindole (Invitrogen). Images were taken with an inverse wide-field fluorescence microscope (Leica). Anti-ATM-Ser1981 antibody (Cell Signaling) for immunostaining, anti-ATM-Ser1981 (Epitomics) for Western, anti-ATM (2C1) (GeneTex), anti-Akt, anti-phospho-Akt (Ser473), anti-phospho-AMPKα (Thr172) (40H9), anti-AMPKα, anti-Chk2, anti-phospho-p53-Ser15, anti-S6and anti-phospho-S6 (Cell Signaling), anti-phospho-Chk2-T68 (R&D System), anti-phospho-H2AX (γ-H2AX) (Millipore), anti-p53 and anti-p21 (Santa Cruz) were used according to the product instructions. Western blot analysis was performed as described . For Western against ATM, protein extracts were run in 5% SDS-polyacrylamide gel while the rest were run in 13.5% SDS-polyacrylamide gel. Western blots were quantified using ImageJ.
Flow cytometry (FACS) analysis
Before harvesting, cells were exposed to 10 μM BrdU for one hour. FACS samples were prepared as described . After anti-BrdU antibody (BD Biosciences) and propidium iodide (PI) (Sigma) staining, FACS was performed with FACS Calibur (FACScan, BD Biosciences) and data was analysed with Summit v4.3software.
In vivo experiments
All animal experiments were approved by Kantonales Veterinätamt Zürich and performed in accordance with the ethical principles and guidelines for experiments on animals of Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. 8 week-old CD1 female nude mice (Charles River and Harlan) were randomly divided into groups. ZL55 cancer cells or A549 cancer cells in 100 μl PBS (0.5x106 cells per animal) were subcutaneously injected into the left flank side of the mice. Tumor volume was measured by calliper and calculated with the formula: Width2×Length/2 . Tumor growth in untreated animals was used as control. Treatments started when the tumor volumes reached 30±17 mm3. CDDP (3 mg/kg) was injected i.p. once per week for three weeks. Short-term fasting was implemented 32 hours prior and 16 hours post-injection with water ad libitum. During the treatment, animals were monitored routinely for body weight loss and general behaviour. Tumor growth and animal weight were recorded once per week for at least 16 weeks. Animals were sacrificed when any of the following signs for severe suffering was observed: the tumor volume reached 500 mm3; body weight loss was observed for 4 consecutive days; loss of more than 15% body weight; sign of severe sickness, for example, reduced mobility and eating, ruffled hair, and hunched back posture.
Mann–Whitney or two-tailed t-Test was performed.
This work was supported by the Stiftung für Angewande Krebsforschung and Huggenberger-Bischoff Stiftung. We are grateful to Dr. Bert Vogelstein (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD) and Dr. James Rheinwald (Harvard Medical School) for kindly providing HCT116 and LP9 cell lines, respectively. We also would like to thank Dr. Ian Frew (Institute of Physiology, University of Zurich) and Dr. Massimo Lopes (Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, University of Zurich) for suggestions.
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