CS-706, a novel cyclooxygenase-2 selective inhibitor, prolonged the survival of tumor-bearing mice when treated alone or in combination with anti-tumor chemotherapeutic agents



The potent chemopreventive activity of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors has been demonstrated in a number of preclinical studies, but their potency in antitumor activity is still in dispute. In this report, we demonstrate the potent antitumor activity of a novel COX-2 inhibitor, CS-706 in mouse colorectal adenocarcinoma colon 26 tumor-bearing mice treated with or without antitumor chemotherapeutic agents. Daily oral administration of CS-706 at doses of 3–100 mg/kg from the day of tumor inoculation (Day 0) inhibited tumor growth dose-dependently, and the maximal inhibition was 67% at a dose of 100 mg/kg. In contrast, celecoxib, a well-known COX-2 inhibitor, did not inhibit tumor growth at doses up to 100 mg/kg. Furthermore, CS-706 at a dose of 1 mg/kg or above markedly prolonged the survival time of tumor-bearing mice. Administration of 30 mg/kg CS-706 from Day 7 combined with a single intravenous treatment of 10 mg/kg cisplatin on Day 7 completely regressed the tumors in all tumor-bearing mice examined, whereas only in 1 of 10 mice tumor was regressed with cisplatin treatment. Similar combination effects were observed with 10 mg/kg CS-706 and 60 mg/kg 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Moreover, 10 mg/kg CS-706 significantly inhibited angiogenesis induced by implanted chambers with colon 26 cells in a dorsal air sac assay in mice. Collectively, these results suggest that CS-706 is a potent antitumor agent, especially in combination with conventional chemotherapeutic agents, and that the anti-angiogenic activity of CS-706 may contribute at least in part to its marked antitumor activity. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.