Purpose: Agents that increase tumor radiosensitivity are of interest in improving outcomes in radiotherapy (XRT). DNA-PK inhibitors radiosensitize and alter cell adhesion proteins. We investigated combination radiation and a DNA-PK inhibitor in monolayers vs spheroids. Materials and methods: Using HER2 positive mammary carcinoma cells, we investigated the impact of NU7441, a DNA-PK inhibitor, on irradiated monolayer and spheroid cultures. Colony formation assays were performed with monolayer culture cells and spheroids after irradiation with/without NU7441 (5 μM). Results: In monolayer culture cells, α/β increased from 3.0 ± 0.2 Gy (XRT alone) to 6.9 ± 0.2 Gy (XRT+NU7441). Corresponding α/β values for cells obtained by disaggregating treated spheroids were 3.6 ± 0.7 Gy (XRT alone) and 3.5 ± 0.2 Gy (XRT+NU7441). However, spheroid survival was highly sensitive to NU7441 incubation. After 4 Gy XRT alone 75% of the irradiated spheroids remained intact; when NU7441 treatment was involved, 13% remained intact. No spheroids survived to 3 weeks at 6 Gy or more. The discrepancy between the minimal change in α/β from cells derived from spheroids and the spheroid growth response was not related to poor penetration of NU7441. Conclusions: DNA-PK inhibitor NU7441 radiosensitized monolayer cells but not cells obtained from spheroids. NU7441 and radiation increased spheroid fragmentation.
- breast cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging