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Simultaneous inhibition of COX-2 and 5-LOX activities augments growth arrest and death of premalignant and malignant human lung cell lines
Claudia P. Schroeder, Peiying Yang, Robert A. Newman and Reuben Lotan

The arachidonic acid-metabolizing enzymes cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) or 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) are overexpressed during lung carcinogenesis and their end products (e.g.; PGE 2 , 5-HETE, and LTB 4 ) have been implicated in tumor development. Recently, COX-2 inhibitors (e.g.; celecoxib) and 5-LOX inhibitors (e.g.; MK886 and REV5901) used as single agents have shown promising activities in the treatment and chemoprevention of cancer. However, little is known about the effects of combinations of these inhibitors. We found that simultaneous treatment of premalignant and malignant human lung cell lines with celecoxib, MK886, and REV5901 is more potent in growth suppression and induction of cell death than single or dual combination of these agents. However, their sensitivity to the inhibitors was not directly associated with the expression of COX-2, 5-LOX, or 5-LOX-activating protein (FLAP), but correlated with the production of corresponding metabolites. Furthermore, partial protection of cell death was observed when PGE 2 and/or 5-HETE was added to cell cultures treated with celecoxib, MK886, and REV5901 simultaneously. Our data indicate that a triple drug combination of distinct inhibitors of the eicosanoid metabolism at clinically feasible concentrations were more effective than each agent alone suggesting further investigations.

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