Melanoma remains one of the deadliest of human cancers with no effective method for treating the disseminated disease. We propose to develop an effective method for systemic chemotherapy of melanoma by [tumor] selective [intracellular] acidification to sensitize melanomas to N-mustard alkylating agents. Our strategy is to coadminister glucose with the monocarboxylic acid transport (MCT) inhibitor lonidamine LND in order to trap lactic acid produced by glycolysis in the tumor and to inhibit oxidative metabolism by impeding pyruvate trans- port into mitochondria. This approach depends on the MCT being the key pathway for tumor intracellular pH (pHi) homeostasis, which has been confirmed in our melanoma models. Previous treatment with LND under hyperglycemic conditions led to some mortality. We were funded on this 2yr R01 to develop a safe reproducible method for acidification of human DB1 melanoma xenografts with LND. By administering LND 100 mg/kg i.p. without glucose, we have achieved acidification of the tumor to a pHi of 6.4?0.1 for at least hr during which time the NTP/Pi ratio of the tumor decreased by 50%;there was no mortality, no significant loss of weight and minimal toxicity associated with this treatment. [LND induced minimal changes in extracellular pH (pHe) of normal tissue, but modified the pH gradient across the plasma membrane of the tumor from pretreatment values of pHi 6.9, pHe 7.0 or !pH=~0 to a post-treatment values of pHi=6.4, pHe=6.85 or !pH=-0.45. Steady state lactate in the tumor increased 3-fold relative to pre-LND levels.] Respiration, EKG, electrolyte levels and blood oxygenation did not change, while blood analysis is still in progress. The pHi and ATP/Pi of skeletal muscle did not change, and there was only a small transient decrease in pHi and ATP/Pi of the liver. Melphalan (LPAM 7.5 mg/kg i.v.)+ LND exhibited a growth delay of 10.5?0.5 d vs. LND alone, 0.6?0.7 d. and LPAM alone 1.4?0.1 d. The [enhanced] response of LPAM to acidification is attributed to an increase in the concentration of the active intermediate (aziridinium ion), a decrease in GSH due to decreased activity of glutathione-S-transferase and a decrease in DNA repair resulting from acid inhibition of O6-alkyl-transferase. Tumor volume decreased by 52.5 ?12.5%, consistent with the estimated log10 cell kill=0.3012 = log10(2.0). These preliminary studies set the stage for implementation of multidose systemic treatment of xenograft models of human melanoma in preparation for eventual clinical trials.
The Aims of this renewal proposal are: 1) To maximize tumor acidification while still avoiding life threatening toxicity by coadministration of low levels of glucose with LND, and to also extend these studies to the more glycolytic DB8 melanoma human xenograft model. 2) Since other N-mustard agents might exhibit similar enhancements of activity at acidic pHi values but perhaps with lower toxicity, LPAM will be compared with cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil and bendamustine under single and multidose administration. 3) To evaluate potential 1H NMR markers for noninvasive early detection of response--lactate and total choline by MRS and apparent diffusion constant (ADC) and T2 measured by MRI.

Public Health Relevance

Melanoma, the most virulent form of skin cancer, is not responsive to chemotherapy. This project proposes to develop a method to sensitize melanomas to chemotherapy by [selective intracellular acidification of] the cancer cells while minimally affecting normal cells. As a basis for future clinic trials, we will identify the optimal drug and optimal conditions for its administration in multiple doses;we will also develop noninvasive NMR methods for early detection of therapeutic response, which will effectively tailor-fit the therapy to the needs of the individual patient.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Research Project (R01)
Project #
5R01CA129544-04
Application #
8450752
Study Section
Medical Imaging Study Section (MEDI)
Program Officer
Zhang, Huiming
Project Start
2007-07-01
Project End
2017-03-31
Budget Start
2013-04-19
Budget End
2014-03-31
Support Year
4
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$430,265
Indirect Cost
$147,429
Name
University of Pennsylvania
Department
Radiation-Diagnostic/Oncology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
042250712
City
Philadelphia
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
19104