Zhao Bing

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Background and Purpose: Cancer cachexia and cancer-associated thrombosis are potentially fatal outcomes of advanced cancer. Nevertheless, thrombin expression in NSCLC primary tumor tissues and the association between prognosis of NSCLC patients remain largely unknown. Experimental Approach: Clinical pathological analysis was performed to determine the relationship between thrombin and tumor progression. Effect of r-hirudin and DTIP on cancer progression were evaluated. Western blotting, immunohistochemistry, and immunofluorescence were used to explore the inhibition mechanism of r-hirudin and DTIP. Therapeutic effect of combination of DTIP and chemotherapy was determined. Key Results: We illustrated thrombin expression in NSCLC tissues is closely related to clinicopathological features and the prognosis of patients. Thrombin deficiency inhibited tumor progression. The novel thrombin inhibitors, r-hirudin and DTIP, inhibited cell invasion and metastasis in vitro. They inhibited tumor growth and metastasis in orthotopic lung cancer model; inhibited cells invasion and prolonged survival after injection tumor cells via tail vein; they also inhibited angiogenesis and spontaneous metastases from subcutaneously inoculated tumors. The promotional activity of thrombin in invasion and metastasis was abolished in PAR-1 deficient-NSCLC cells. r-hirudin and DTIP inhibit tumor progression through the thrombin-PAR-1-mediated RhoA and NF-κB signaling cascades via inhibiting the MMP9 and IL6 expression. DTIP potentiated chemotherapy-induced growth and metastatic inhibition and inhibited chemotherapy-induced resistance in mice. Conclusions and Implications: Thrombin makes a substantial contribution, together with PAR-1, to NSCLC malignancy. We concluded the anticoagulants, r-hirudin and DTIP, could be expanded for anti-tumor therap. Combination therapy of DTIP and chemotherapy might achieve a better therapeutic effect.