Inhibition of VEGF-A prevents the angiogenic switch and results in increased survival of Apc+/min mice

Nina Korsisaari, Ian M. Kasman, William F. Forrest, Navneet Pal, Wei Bai, Germaine Fuh, Franklin V. Peale, Ron Smits, Napoleone Ferrara*

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Abstract

Anti-VEGF-A monoclonal antibodies, in combination with chemotherapy, result in a survival benefit in patients with metastatic colorectal and non-small cell lung cancer, but little is known regarding the impact of anti-VEGF-A therapy on benign or premalignant tumors. The Apc+/min mice have been widely used as a model recapitulating early intestinal adenoma formation. To investigate whether tumor growth in Apc+/min mice is mediated by VEGF-A-dependent angiogenesis, we used two independent approaches to inhibit VEGF-A: monotherapy with a monoclonal antibody (Mab) targeting VEGF-A and genetic deletion of VEGF-A selectively in intestinal epithelial cells. Short-term (3 or 6 weeks) treatment with anti-VEGF-A Mab G6-31 resulted in a nearly complete suppression of adenoma growth throughout the small intestine. Growth inhibition by Mab G6-31 was associated with a decrease in vascular density. Long-term (up to 52 weeks) treatment with Mab G6-31 led to a substantial increase in median survival. Deletion of VEGF-A in intestinal epithelial cells of Apc+/min mice yielded a significant inhibition of tumor growth, albeit of lesser magnitude than that resulting from Mab G6-31 administration. These results establish that inhibition of VEGF-A signaling is sufficient for tumor growth cessation and confers a long-term survival benefit in an intestinal adenoma model. Therefore, VEGF-A inhibition may be a previously uncharacterized strategy for the prevention of the angiogenic switch and growth in intestinal adenomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10625-10630
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume104
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2007

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