Combination therapy with atorvastatin and celecoxib delays tumor formation in a Fanconi anemia mouse model

Qing shuo Zhang, Matthew Deater, Ngoc Phan, Andrea Marcogliese, Angela Major, Eva C. Guinan, Markus Grompe

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Background: Fanconi anemia is an inherited bone marrow failure disorder associated with a high incidence of leukemia and solid tumors. Currently, no interventions to prevent or delay the formation of solid tumors are available. Procedure: Two of the most important hallmarks of Fanconi anemia are inflammation and oxidative stress. In this study, we administrated the antioxidant atorvastatin and the anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib to cohorts of Fancd2−/−/Trp53+/− mice, a model of Fanconi anemia. Treatment started at weaning and continued until the mice developed a palpable mass or suffered from >20% weight loss. Tumor samples and selected tissues were subjected to histopathological examination. χ2 test was performed to analyze tumor incidence, and Kaplan–Meier survival curves were evaluated with log-rank test. In addition, a small cohort of mice was monitored for the safety of the drugs. Results: The combined oral administration of both drugs significantly delayed tumor onset in Fancd2−/−/Trp53+/− mice. Specifically, the treatment delayed the onset of ovarian tumors in Fancd2−/−/Trp53+/− mice and increased the mean ovarian tumor-free survival time by 17%, whereas this combinatorial drug regimen did not have a significant effect on other tumor types. In addition, no detrimental effects on hematopoiesis from the drug treatment were observed during a 12-month safety monitoring. Conclusions: The data presented here suggest that a combination of atorvastatin and celecoxib may be a good candidate for chemoprevention in Fanconi anemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere27460
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019


  • Fanconi anemia
  • ovarian cancer
  • tumor prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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