Chemopreventive effect of fish oil derived EPA in lung cancer

Summary

Principal Investigator: Peiying Yang
Abstract: DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Lung cancer is the single greatest cause of death from malignancy in both men and women in the US, exceeding that of the next three combined leading ncers (prostate, colon and breast cancer). Although smoking cessation is a key to lung cancer prevention, it remains a challenge. Finding effective preventive and treatment strategies for lung cancer are desperately needed. Cyclooygenase-2 (COX-2), a key mediator of inflammation, is an important target for lung cancer therapy and prevention because approximately 70% of lung adenocarcinomas have overexpression of COX-2 and regular use of aspirin and other NSAIDs is associated with a reduced risk of developing lung cancer in animal models and smokers. Regardless of the cardiac toxicity of selective COX-2 inhibitors, a growing body of evidence supports the etiological impact of COX-2 in lung cancer. Fish oil represents an attractive series of n-3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids) that modulate COX-2 activity while having beneficial cardiovascular effects. The strong link between COX-2 and fish oil-induced chemoprevention has been strengthen by recent findings of high consumption of long chain n-3 fatty acids lowering their risk of prostate cancer and this protective effect being more pronounced in men carrying a particular COX-2 variant. The ultimate goal of this proposal is to define the optimal dose of EPA and relevant fish oil products to maximize the chemopreventive effects of fish oil against human lung cancer and to identify an appropriate molecular target of fish oil for prevention of lung cancer. We will determine the chemopreventive role of EPA and fish oils using a urethane- induced mouse lung cancer model with and without expression of COX-2, as well as the K-ras mutation mouse lung model. We will also evaluate the molecular mechanisms associated with EPA-induced tumor growth suppression by studying the biological effects of PGE2 and the EPA metabolite PGE3 in premalignant and lung cancer cells and their interaction with PGE2 receptors. The critical role of EPA-derived PGE3 in lung cancer prevention using the urethane-induced mouse lung cancer model with or without expression of EP receptor, particularly EP2 and EP4 receptors, will be further studied. This proposal intends to define a novel targeted natural chemopreventive agent against lung cancer.
Funding Period: 2010-07-01 - 2014-04-30
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Top Publications

  1. ncbi Anticancer activity of fish oils against human lung cancer is associated with changes in formation of PGE2 and PGE3 and alteration of Akt phosphorylation
    Peiying Yang
    Department of General Oncology, The University of Texas, M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
    Mol Carcinog 53:566-77. 2014
  2. pmc Changes in cancer cell metabolism revealed by direct sample analysis with MALDI mass spectrometry
    David A Pirman
    Department of Cancer Biology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA
    PLoS ONE 8:e61379. 2013
  3. ncbi Prostaglandin E3 metabolism and cancer
    Peiying Yang
    Department of General Oncology, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, United States Electronic address
    Cancer Lett 348:1-11. 2014

Research Grants

  1. Comparative Mechanisms of Cancer Chemoprevention
    Roderick H Dashwood; Fiscal Year: 2013

Detail Information

Publications3

  1. ncbi Anticancer activity of fish oils against human lung cancer is associated with changes in formation of PGE2 and PGE3 and alteration of Akt phosphorylation
    Peiying Yang
    Department of General Oncology, The University of Texas, M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
    Mol Carcinog 53:566-77. 2014
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  2. pmc Changes in cancer cell metabolism revealed by direct sample analysis with MALDI mass spectrometry
    David A Pirman
    Department of Cancer Biology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA
    PLoS ONE 8:e61379. 2013
    ..These results highlight the utility of combining a metabolomics workflow with MALDI-MS to identify the biomarkers that may regulate the metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids and ultimately affect their therapeutic potentials...
  3. ncbi Prostaglandin E3 metabolism and cancer
    Peiying Yang
    Department of General Oncology, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, United States Electronic address
    Cancer Lett 348:1-11. 2014
    ..The development of PGE3 and its metabolites as potential biomarkers for future clinical evaluation of EPA and fish oil in cancer care is discussed. ..

Research Grants30

  1. Comparative Mechanisms of Cancer Chemoprevention
    Roderick H Dashwood; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..This application is innovative and timely in bridging basic mechanisms, preclinical models, and human studies of epigenetics and diet. ..