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The Anti-Angiogenic Effect of Atorvastatin in Glioblastoma Spheroids Tumor Cultured in Fibrin Gel: in 3D in Vitro Model

A new interesting article has been published in Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2018 Sep 26;19(9):2553-2560. and titled:

The Anti-Angiogenic Effect of Atorvastatin in Glioblastoma Spheroids Tumor Cultured in Fibrin Gel: in 3D in Vitro Model

Authors of this article are:
Bayat N Izadpanah R Ebrahimi-Barough S Norouzi Javidan A Ai A Mokhtari Ardakan MM Saberi H Ai J.

A summary of the article is shown below:
PURPOSE: Glioblastoma multiform (GBM) is the most aggressive glial neoplasm. Researchers have exploited the fact that GBMs are highly vascularized tumors. Anti-angiogenic strategies including those targeting VEGF pathway have been emerged for treatment of GBM. Previously, we reported the anti-inflammatory effect of atorvastatin on GBM cells. In this study, we investigated the anti-angiogenesis and apoptotic activity of atorvastatin on GBM cells.METHODS: Different concentrations of atorvastatin (1, 5, 10μM) were used on engineered three-dimensional (3D) human tumor models using glioma spheroids and Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial cells (HUVECs) in fibrin gel as tumor models. To reach for these aims, angiogenesis as tube-like structures sprouting of HUVECs were observed after 24 hour treatment with different concentrations of atorvastatin into the 3-D fibrin matrix and we focused on it by angiogenesis antibody array. After 48 hours exposing with different concentrations of atorvastatin, cell migration of HUVECs were investigated. After 24 and 48 hours exposing with different concentrations of atorvastatin VEGF, CD31, caspase-3 and Bcl-2 genes expression by real time PCR were assayed.RESULTS: The results showed that atorvastatin has potent anti-angiogenic effect and apoptosis inducing effect against glioma spheroids. Atorvastatin down-regulated the expression of VEGF, CD31 and Bcl-2, and induced the expression of caspase-3 especially at 10μM concentration. These effects are dose dependent.CONCLUSION: These results suggest that this biomimetic model with fibrin may provide a vastly applicable 3D culture system to study the effect of anti-cancer drugs such as atorvastatin on tumor malignancy in vitro and in vivo and atorvastatin could be used as agent for glioblastoma treatment.

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