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Clotrimazole Sensitizes MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cell Line to Radiation

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L Garcia

L Garcia*, M Tambasco , San Diego State University, San Diego, CA


SU-F-T-678 (Sunday, July 31, 2016) 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room: Exhibit Hall

Purpose: To study the effects of Clotrimazole (CLT) on radiosensitivity of MCF-7 Cells in correlation to detachment of Hexokinase II from the Voltage Dependent Anion Channel on the outer membrane of the mitochondria. Apoptotic fractions were also analyzed in relation to the detachment of Hexokinase.

Methods: This study focused on the mammary adenocarcinoma cell line, MCF-7. Colony forming assays were used to analyze radiosensitization by CLT. Flow cytometry methods were used to analyze apoptotic vs necrotic fractions after treatment with CLT. Spectrophotometery was used to analyze the mitochondrial bound and soluble fraction of Hexokinase by means of relative enzymatic activity.

Results: Our preliminary data have shown that CLT sensitizes MCF-7 cells to radiation in a dose and incubation time dependent manner up. We have also demonstrated that there are two radiosensitizing periods in MCF-7 cells with the first corresponding to the cycle arrest after 24 hours observed in other cell lines. The second radiosensitizing period occurs with incubation in CLT after irradiation which reaches maximum effect around 24 hours of incubation time. Preliminary data from our Hexokinase detachment assay show a factor of two increase in the ratio of unbound to bound Hexokinase when comparing incubation for 24 hours in media containing 0 and 20 μM CLT.

Conclusions: This study and others indicate CLT as a possible radiosensitizing agent in cancer therapies. While CLT itself shows toxicity to the liver in high doses, this study further demonstrates that disruption of the Warburg Effect and unbinding of mitochondrial bound Hexokinase as a possible pathway for cancer treatment.

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