Inhibitor of vasculogenic mimicry restores sensitivity of resistant melanoma cells to DNA-damaging agents

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The increasing incidence of melanoma makes this cancer an important public health problem. Therapeutic resistance is still a major obstacle to the therapy of patients with metastatic melanomas. The aim of this study was to develop the melanoma cell line resistant to DNA-alkylating agents and to elucidate the mechanisms involved in acquired drug resistance. We established a unique melanoma subline Mel MeR resistant to DNA-alkylating drug aranoza by continuous stepwise selection of the Mel Me/WT cell line with increasing concentrations of this drug. Mel MeR cells were also cross-resistant to streptozotocin or cisplatin. Here, we show that aranoza-resistant melanoma cells modulate the ABC transporter activity, upregulate the expression of PRAME, adopt a vascular-related phenotype and engage in vasculogenic mimicry. LCS1269, a vasculogenic mimicry low-molecular-weight inhibitor, reverses the sensitivity of resistant melanoma cells to DNA-damaging agents. In this study, we provide experimental evidence that LCS1269 might be considered as a new potential anticancer agent capable of overcoming multidrug resistance for DNA-damaging agents in melanoma.

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