• Osteosarcoma;
  • Apoptosis;
  • PI3K;
  • Survivin;
  • Bcl-2


Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), involved in the inhibition of apoptosis and, the potentiation of cell growth, is frequently overexpressed in human malignancies including osteosarcoma (OS). We have attempted to identify the anti-proliferation of celecoxib, a selective COX-2 inhibitor, and the combination of celecoxib and cisplatin in MG-63 cells, and to explore the potential molecular mechanisms involved. MG-63 cells were treated with the combination of celecoxib and cisplatin or either agent alone for 48 h in serum-supplemented medium. Celecoxib caused G1 phase arrest and significantly inhibited cell growth, as well as potentiating cisplatin-induced apoptosis. The effect was dose-dependent, and apoptotic changes such as DNA fragments and apoptotic bodies were observed. However, downregulation of COX-2 did not occur in cells treated with celecoxib. Phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt, survivin, bcl-2 were significantly downregulated in cells treated with the combination of celecoxib and cisplatin, and decreased survivin and bcl-2 levels were found in cells with wortmannin, a specific PI3K inhibitor. Moreover, the decreased expressions of procaspase-9, procaspase-3 and cleaved PARP-1 were detected by Western blot analysis. Therefore, celecoxib exerts its anti-tumor activities through COX-2-independent mechanisms, which may be PI3K/Akt-dependent, and survivin and bcl-2-related. PI3K may be at the center of the celecoxib effects, which play an essential role in the regulation of survivin and Bcl-2.