The thymidine phosphorylase inhibitor 5′-O-tritylinosine (KIN59) is an antiangiogenic multitarget fibroblast growth factor-2 antagonist

Sandra Liekens, Annelies Bronckaers, Mirella Belleri, Antonella Bugatti, Rebecca Sienaert, Domenico Ribatti, Beatrice Nico, Alba Gigante, Elena Casanova, Ghislain Opdenakker, María Jesús Pérez-Pérez, Jan Balzarini, Marco Presta

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5′-O-Tritylinosine (KIN59) is an allosteric inhibitor of the angiogenic enzyme thymidine phosphorylase. Previous observations showed the capacity of KIN59 to abrogate thymidine phosphorylase-induced as well as developmental angiogenesis in the chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay. Here, we show that KIN59 also inhibits the angiogenic response triggered by fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF2) but not by VEGF in the CAM assay. Immunohistochemical and reverse transcriptase PCR analyses revealed that the expression of laminin, the major proteoglycan of the basement membrane of blood vessels, is downregulated by KIN59 administration in control as well as in thymidine phosphorylase- or FGF2-treated CAMs, but not in CAMs treated with VEGF. Also, KIN59 abrogated FGF2-induced endothelial cell proliferation, FGF receptor activation, and Akt signaling in vitro with no effect on VEGF-stimulated biologic responses. Accordingly, KIN59 inhibited the binding of FGF2 to FGF receptor-1 (FGFR1), thus preventing the formation of productive heparan sulphate proteoglycan/FGF2/FGFR1 ternary complexes, without affecting heparin interaction. In keeping with these observations, systemic administration of KIN59 inhibited the growth and neovascularization of subcutaneous tumors induced by FGF2-transformed endothelial cells injected in immunodeficient nude mice. Taken together, the data indicate that the thymidine phosphorylase inhibitor KIN59 is endowed with a significant FGF2 antagonist activity, thus representing a promising lead compound for the design of multi-targeted antiangiogenic cancer drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-829
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular Cancer Therapeutics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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