Objective—To determine whether exposure of
canine osteosarcoma cells to deracoxib or piroxicam
results in decreased viability, whether the cytotoxic
effects of deracoxib and piroxicam involve induction
of apoptosis, and whether deracoxib is a more
potent inhibitor of osteosarcoma cell growth than
Sample Population—1 fibroblast and 3 osteosarcoma
Procedure—Cell counts and viability assays were
performed using osteosarcoma cells (POS, highly
metastatic POS, and canine osteosarcoma cell 31)
and fibroblasts after 72 hours of incubation with deracoxib
at concentrations of 0.5µM to 500µM or piroxicam
at concentrations of 1µM to 1,000µM.
Percentage viability was determined for each concentration.
A DNA fragmentation analysis was performed
to assess drug-induced apoptosis.
Results—Concentration of deracoxib required for
50% inhibition of cell viability (IC50) was reached in all
3 osteosarcoma cell lines and ranged from 70 to
150µM, whereas the IC50 for piroxicam was only
reached in the POS cell line at 500µM. Neither deracoxib
nor piroxicam induced sufficient toxicity in
fibroblasts to reach an IC50. Exposure of osteosarcoma
cells to cytotoxic concentrations of deracoxib and
piroxicam did not result in DNA fragmentation.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Intermediate
and high concentrations of deracoxib and high concentrations
of piroxicam were cytotoxic to osteosarcoma
cells; neither drug inhibited cell viability at typical
plasma concentrations in dogs. Deracoxib inhibited
viability of cells at concentrations that did not
affect fibroblast viability. There was no evidence of
apoptosis induction for either drug; however, only 1
cell line was evaluated for apoptosis induction and
only for a limited selection of drug concentrations.
(Am J Vet Res 2005;66:1961–1967)