Combined Angiotensin Receptor Blocker Losartan and the CXCR4 Inhibitor AMD3100 Increases the Efficacy of Radiotherapy in a Metastatic Osteosarcoma Mouse Model


Objective: Osteosarcoma (OS) is highly metastatic and the most common primary malignant bone tumor. Hypoxia and CXCR4-overexpression in OS may play a role in resistance to radiotherapy. Using a metastatic OS mouse model, we investigated whether combining radiotherapy with a stroma-modifying drug (the angiotensin receptor 1 blocker losartan) and an anti-metastatic agent (the CXCR4 inhibitor AMD3100) is an effective OS treatment strategy.

Material and Methods: A highly metastatic, CXCR4-overexpressing Os-P0107 cell line was used to generate subcutaneous isografts in syngeneic C3Hf/Sed mice. When the tumors reached 6 mm in diameter, we treated the mice with either losartan (40 mg/kg body weight, gavage), AMD3100 (AMD, 5 mg/kg body weight, i.p.), or a combination of both drugs daily for 14 days, with 20 Gy local irradiation (IR) on day 7. We evaluated the tumorgrowth delay (TGD), distant metastases and host survival, as well as tumor vascular perfusion and tumor hypoxia.

Results: Treatment with IR, Losartan+IR, or AMD+IR resulted in a significant and comparable TGD (12 to 20 days) in Os-P0107 tumors versus the controls (all p<0.01). However, only the combination of Losartan+AMD+IR significantly enhanced tumor response to radiation by increasing TGD (additional 12 days, Losartan+AMD+IR vs. IR p=0.0215), decreasing distant metastasis (p=0.008), and increasing survival (p=0.025). Losartan treatment significantly increased CD31 positive tumor vascular density and decreased pimonidazole positive (hypoxic) areas (Percentage of CD31 and Pimo positive area; Losartan vs. Control, both p<0.01).