Cyclic AMP-dependent secretion of Ca 19-9 by LS174T human colon carcinoma cells

Vincenzo Macchia, Maria Gargiulo, Daniela Terracciano, Angelina Di Carlo, Angela Mariano

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Prolonged increase of cyclic adenosine-monophosphate (cAMP) level in culture medium of a human colon cancer cell (LS174T) inhibits cellular growth and stimulates Ca 19-9 expression. The raise in cAMP level was produced by dibutyryl cyclic AMP (DBcAMP) or by forskolin an agent acting at the level of cAMP generation. Both these agents in a range of concentration between 10 -3-10-5 M have an inhibitory effect on the growth which is dose and time dependent. The inhibition was reversible as demonstrated by complete restoration of cell growth soon after the withdrawal of the substances from the culture medium. When cAMP levels in culture medium was raised, an increase in Ca 19-9 expression was observed and it appears that cyclic nucleotides have at least two effects: the first to cause rapid release of already synthesized Ca 19-9 and second to stimulate new antigen synthesis. The findings of the present study demonstrated that LS174T cells are unable to proliferate upon sustained accumulation of intracellular cyclic AMP suggesting the use of strategies able to increase cAMP levels for therapy of colon cancer. Furthermore, the finding that cAMP may also be a regulator of Ca 19-9 synthesis and release indicates the utility of cell line LS174T as a model for studies on the mechanism of synthesis and secretion of specific tumoral markers in colon cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-391
Number of pages5
JournalOncology Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002


  • Ca 19-9
  • cAMP
  • LS174T

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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