Adjuvant therapy with small hairpin RNA interference prevents non-small cell lung cancer metastasis development in mice

Cancer Res. 2008 Mar 15;68(6):1896-904. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-07-2390.


Development of distant metastasis is the major reason for cancer-related deaths worldwide. Adjuvant therapy approaches after local therapies are most effective when specific targets are inhibited. Recently, we identified S100P overexpression as a strong predictor for metastasis development in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Here, we show that S100P overexpression increased angiogenesis in and metastasis formation from s.c. xenotransplants of NSCLC cells. Plasmid-derived short hairpin RNAs (shRNA) were developed as specific adjuvant therapy. I.v. injected shRNA against S100P significantly decreased S100P protein expression in xenograft tumors and inhibited tumor angiogenesis in vivo. Metastasis formation 8 weeks after primary tumor resection was significantly reduced. Lung metastases developed in 31% of mice treated with S100P-targeting shRNAs compared with 64% in control shRNA-treated mice (P < 0.05). These findings suggest that RNA interference-based therapy approaches can be highly effective in the adjuvant setting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / genetics
  • Adenocarcinoma / secondary
  • Adenocarcinoma / therapy
  • Animals
  • Calcium-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / blood supply
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / genetics*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / secondary
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / therapy*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Genetic Therapy / methods
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / blood supply
  • Lung Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred NOD
  • Mice, SCID
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasm Proteins / genetics
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / genetics
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / pathology
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / therapy
  • RNA Interference
  • RNA, Small Interfering / genetics*
  • Transfection
  • Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays


  • Calcium-Binding Proteins
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • RNA, Small Interfering
  • S100P protein, human