Multinuclear platinum compounds have been designed to circumvent the cellular resistance to conventional platinum-based drugs. In an attempt to examine the cellular basis of the preclinical antitumor efficacy of a novel multinuclear platinum compound (BBR 3464) in the treatment of cisplatin- resistant tumors, we have performed a comparative study of cisplatin and BBR 3464 in a human osteosarcoma cell line (U2-OS) and in an in vitro selected cisplatin-resistant subline (U2-OS/Pt). A marked increase of cytotoxic potency of BBR 3464 in comparison with cisplatin in U2-OS cells and a complete lack of cross-resistance in U2-OS/Pt cells were found. A detailed analysis of the cisplatin-resistant phenotype indicated that it was associated with reduced cisplatin accumulation, reduced interstrand cross- link (ICL) formation and DNA platination, microsatellite instability, and reduced expression of the DNA mismatch repair protein PMS2. Despite BBR 3464 charge and molecular size, in U2-OS and U2-OS/Pt cells, BBR 3464 accumulation and DNA-bound platinum were much higher than those observed for cisplatin. In contrast, the frequency of ICLs after exposure to BBR 3464 was very low. The time course of ICL formation after drug removal revealed a low persistence of these types of DNA lesions induced by BBR 3464, in contrast to an increase of DNA lesions induced by cisplatin, suggesting that components of the DNA repair pathway handle the two types of DNA lesions differently. The cellular response of HCT116 mismatch repair-deficient cells was consistent with a lack of influence of mismatch repair status on BBR 3464 cytotoxicity. Because BBR 3464 produces high levels of lesions different from ICLs, likely including intra-strand cross-links and monoadducts, the ability of the triplatinum complex to overcome cisplatin resistance appears to be related to a different mechanism of DNA interaction (formation of different types of drug-induced DNA lesions) as compared with conventional mononuclear complexes rather than the ability to overcome specific cellular alterations.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
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