Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 78, Issue 2, pp 129–134 | Cite as

Inhibition of human Neuroblastoma in SCID mice by low-dose of selective Cox-2 inhibitor Nimesulide

Laboratory Investigation


Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumor of infants and carries a poor prognosis especially in advanced stages. The present recommended therapies carry a high risk of side effects that is associated with long-term morbidity. We evaluated the efficacy of a low dose of the selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor Nimesulide in preventing human Neuroblastoma tumor growth in Severe Combined Immune-deficient mice. Mice containing established tumors (SH-SY5Y cells) treated with 20 mg/kg Nimesulide every 4th day beginning on day 1 of cell injections resulted in a 65% reduction of tumor growth compared to the DMSO treated control mice (P<0.05) but did not significantly reduce tumor growth when Nimesulide was started once tumors reached 1cm. There was a reduction in the level of cyclooxygenase-2 protein and induction of effecter caspases in tumors treated with Nimesulide. However, there was no change in the levels of X-Inhibitor-of-Apoptosis-Protein, Smac/Diablo, or proteins of the PI3/Akt pathway following Nimesulide treatment. In Conclusion, low doses of Nimesulide can potentially be used as a chemopreventive agent for human Neuroblastoma.


Cox-2 Neuroblastoma Nimesulide SCID XIAP 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyMontefiore Medical CenterBronxUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  3. 3.Department of Radiation Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical Center,New York Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA

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