5-aminolevulinic acid-based sonodynamic therapy induces the apoptosis of osteosarcoma in mice

Yongning Li, Qi Zhou, Zheng Hu, Bin Yang, Qingsong Li, Jianhua Wang, Jinhua Zheng, Wenwu Cao

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

20 Scopus citations


Objective: Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is promising for treatment of cancer, but its effect on osteosarcoma is unclear. This study examined the effect of 5-Aminolevulinic Acid (5-ALA)-based SDT on the growth of implanted osteosarcoma and their potential mechanisms in vivo and in vitro. Methods: The dose and metabolism of 5-ALA and ultrasound periods were optimized in a mouse model of induced osteosarcoma and in UMR-106 cells. The effects of ALA-SDT on the proliferation and apoptosis of UMR-106 cells and the growth of implanted osteosarcoma were examined. The levels of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨM), ROS production, BcL-2, Bax, p53 and caspase 3 expression in UMR-106 cells were determined. Results: Treatment with 5-ALA for eight hours was optimal for ALA-SDT in the mouse tumor model and treatment with 2 mM 5-ALA for 6 hours and ultrasound (1.0 MHz 2.0 W/cm2) for 7 min were optimal for UMR-106 cells. SDT, but not 5-ALA, alone inhibited the growth of implanted osteosarcoma in mice (P<0.01) and reduced the viability of UMR-106 cells (p<0.05). ALA-SDT further reduced the tumor volumes and viability of UMR-106 cells (p<0.01 for both). Pre-treatment with 5-ALA significantly enhanced the SDT-mediated apoptosis (p<0.01) and morphological changes. Furthermore, ALA-SDT significantly reduced the levels of ΔΨM, but increased levels of ROS in UMR-106 cells (p<0.05 or p<0.01 vs. the Control or the Ultrasound). Moreover, ALA-SDT inhibited the proliferation of osteosarcoma cells and BcL-2 expression, but increased levels of Bax, p53 and caspase 3 expression in the implanted osteosarcoma tissues (p<0.05 or p<0.01 vs. the Control or the Ultrasound). Conclusions: The ALA-SDT significantly inhibited osteosarcoma growth in vivo and reduced UMR-106 cell survival by inducing osteosarcoma cell apoptosis through the ROS-related mitochondrial pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0132074
JournalPloS one
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 10 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

Cite this