Chronic stress induces platinum and Niraparib resistance in mouse models of ovarian cancer

Exp Cell Res. 2022 Jan 15;410(2):112935. doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2021.112935. Epub 2021 Dec 4.


Resistance to platinum and PARP inhibitors represents a major barrier to the long-term survival of ovarian cancer patients. We aim to explore the potential role of chronic stress in drug resistance in ovarian cancer. Leveraging four ovarian cancer with chronic stress (OCCS) mouse models, we explore the therapeutic efficacy of platinum, Niraparib, and Docetaxel treatment in vivo, and compare the efficacy of these anti-tumor drugs in vitro using cell viability assays. Comparing the transcriptional characteristics in RNA-Seq of OCCS mice with public databases, we analyze the molecular mechanism of chronic stress promoting drug resistance in ovarian cancer. We find that chronic stress is positively correlated with platinum-resistant recurrence in ovarian cancer patients. Chronic stress can induce platinum and Niraparib resistance of ovarian cancer, but it does not affect the therapeutic efficacy of Docetaxel treatment in vivo. And the platinum-resistant cell lines are not sensitive to these anti-tumor drugs, which is different from the result in vivo. Then, we identify several gene networks and their constituent genes that are most significantly associated with chronic stress and drug resistance in ovarian cancer, including the glycolysis pathway and DNA damage. This study develops Niraparib and platinum-resistant in vivo models, reflecting the ability of OCCS mice to reproduce different aspects of human ovarian cancer molecular mechanism, and provides a new theoretical basis for overcoming the double drug resistance of ovarian cancer.

Keywords: Chronic stress; Drug resistance; Gene expression; Mouse models; Ovarian cancer; Transcriptomics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm* / drug effects
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm* / genetics
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / drug effects
  • Gene Regulatory Networks / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Indazoles / pharmacology
  • Indazoles / therapeutic use*
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Biological
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / genetics
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology
  • Piperidines / pharmacology
  • Piperidines / therapeutic use*
  • Platinum / pharmacology
  • Platinum / therapeutic use*
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*


  • Indazoles
  • Piperidines
  • Platinum
  • niraparib