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CDk4/6 and Breast

David A Schaer, Richard P Beckmann, Jack A Dempsey, Lysiane Huber, Amelie Forest, Nelusha Amaladas, Yanxia Li, Ying Cindy Wang, Erik R Rasmussen, Darin Chin, Andrew Capen, Carmine Carpenito, Kirk A Staschke, Linda A Chung, Lacey M Litchfield, Farhana F Merzoug, Xueqian Gong, Philip W Iversen, Sean Buchanan, Alfonso de Dios, Ruslan D Novosiadly, Michael Kalos
Abemaciclib, an inhibitor of cyclin dependent kinases 4 and 6 (CDK4/6), has recently been approved for the treatment of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. In this study, we use murine syngeneic tumor models and in vitro assays to investigate the impact of abemaciclib on T cells, the tumor immune microenvironment and the ability to combine with anti-PD-L1 blockade. Abemaciclib monotherapy resulted in tumor growth delay that was associated with an increased T cell inflammatory signature in tumors. Combination with anti-PD-L1 therapy led to complete tumor regressions and immunological memory, accompanied by enhanced antigen presentation, a T cell inflamed phenotype, and enhanced cell cycle control...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Elie El Rassy, Ziad Bakouny, Tarek Assi, Joseph Kattan
AIM: To determine which of the CDK4/6 inhibitors is the optimal treatment in metastatic luminal breast cancer. MATERIALS & METHODS: A network meta-analysis using the frequentist approach and generalized pairwise modeling was computed. RESULTS: The associations of aromatase inhibitor with ribociclib, palbociclib and abemaciclib were similar in efficacy. Palbociclib-based regimen was associated with significantly lower treatment discontinuation rates compared with the other approved drugs in this indication...
March 12, 2018: Future Oncology
Takeshi Kotake, Masakazu Toi
There have been numerous clinical trials of CDK4/6 inhibitors performed on various carcinomas including breast cancer. One such inhibitor tested and which has ongoing clinical trials for breast cancer is abemaciclib. Abemaciclib is a molecular-targeted agent that targets basic cell cycle regulatory mechanisms. Areas covered: This review discusses the available clinical data and ongoing clinical trials of abemaciclib in breast cancer. Expert opinion: Abemaciclib has demonstrated a clear anti-tumour effect and manageable toxicity against HR-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer in many clinical trials and is expected to be an important standard therapy...
March 9, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Yongtao Li, Xiaohe Luo, Qingxiang Guo, Yongwei Nie, Tianqi Wang, Chao Zhang, Zhi Huang, Xin Wang, Yanhua Liu, Yanan Chen, Jian-Yu Zheng, Shengyong Yang, Yan Fan, Rong Xiang
A series of novel, highly potent, selective inhibitors targeting both CDK4/9 and HDAC1 have been designed and synthesized. N1-(4-((7-cyclopentyl-6-(dimethylcarbamoyl)-7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d] pyrimidin-2-yl) amino) phenyl)-N8-hydroxyoctanediamide (6e) was discovered. The lead compound 6e with excellent CDK4/9 and HDAC1 inhibitory activity of IC50 = 8.8 nM, 12 nM and 2.2 nM respectively, can effectively induce apoptosis of cancer cell lines. The kinase profiling of compound 6e showed excellent selectivity and specificity...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Paula Pierozan, Fredrik Jerneren, Oskar Karlsson
Despite significant advances in early detection and treatment, breast cancer remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a suspected endocrine disruptor and a common environmental pollutant associated with various diseases including cancer. However, the effects of PFOA and its mechanisms of action on hormone-responsive cells remain unclear. Here, we explored the potential tumorigenic activity of PFOA (100 nM-1 mM) in human breast epithelial cells (MCF-10A). MCF-10A cells exposed to 50 and 100 µM PFOA demonstrated a higher growth rate compared to controls...
March 3, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
Silvia Paola Corona, Daniele Generali
Although early breast cancer (BC) is highly curable, advanced or metastatic disease poses numerous challenges in terms of medical management and treatment decisions and is associated with significantly worse prognosis. Among the new targeted agents, anticancer drugs exploiting the cell-cycle machinery have shown great potential in preclinical studies. CDK4/6 inhibitors target the cyclin D/CDK/retinoblastoma signaling pathway, inducing cell-cycle arrest, reduced cell viability and tumor shrinking. As the cyclin D/CDK complex is activated downstream of estrogen signaling, the combination of CDK4/6 inhibitors with standard endocrine therapies represents a rational approach to elicit synergic antitumor activity in hormone receptor-positive BC...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Ben O'Leary, Sarah Hrebien, James P Morden, Matthew Beaney, Charlotte Fribbens, Xin Huang, Yuan Liu, Cynthia Huang Bartlett, Maria Koehler, Massimo Cristofanilli, Isaac Garcia-Murillas, Judith M Bliss, Nicholas C Turner
CDK4/6 inhibition substantially improves progression-free survival (PFS) for women with advanced estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, although there are no predictive biomarkers. Early changes in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) level may provide early response prediction, but the impact of tumor heterogeneity is unknown. Here we use plasma samples from patients in the randomized phase III PALOMA-3 study of CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib and fulvestrant for women with advanced breast cancer and show that relative change in PIK3CA ctDNA level after 15 days treatment strongly predicts PFS on palbociclib and fulvestrant (hazard ratio 3...
March 1, 2018: Nature Communications
Neil O'Brien, Dylan Conklin, Richard Beckmann, Tong Luo, Kevin Chau, Josh Thomas, Ann Mc Nulty, Christophe Marchal, Ondrej Kalous, Erika von Euw, Sara Hurvitz, Colleen Mockbee, Dennis J Slamon
The cyclinD:CDK4/6:Rb axis is dysregulated in a variety of human cancers. Targeting this pathway has proven to be a successful therapeutic approach in ER+ breast cancer. In this study, in vitro and in vivo preclinical breast cancer models were used to investigate the expanded use of the CDK4/6 inhibitor, abemaciclib. Using a panel of 44 breast cancer cell lines, differential sensitivity to abemaciclib was observed and was seen predominately in the luminal ER+/HER2- and ER+/HER2+ subtypes. However, a subset of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cell lines with intact Rb-signaling were also found to be responsive...
February 26, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Chrysiis Michaloglou, Claire Crafter, Rasmus Siersbæk, Oona Delpuech, Jon O Curwen, Larissa S Carnevalli, Anna D Staniszewska, Urszula M Polanska, Azadeh Cheraghchi-Bashi, Mandy Lawson, Igor Chernukhin, Robert McEwen, Jason S Carroll, Sabina C Cosulich
The cyclin dependent kinase (CDK) -retinoblastoma (RB) -E2F pathway plays a critical role in the control of cell cycle in estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer. Small molecule inhibitors of CDK4/6 have shown promise in this tumour type in combination with hormonal therapies, reflecting the particular dependence of this subtype of cancer on cyclin D1 and E2F transcription factors. mTOR inhibitors have also shown potential in clinical trials in this disease setting. Recent data has suggested cooperation between the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/mTOR pathway and CDK4/6 inhibition in preventing early adaptation and eliciting growth arrest, but the mechanisms of the interplay between these pathways have not been fully elucidated...
February 26, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Heba S A Elzahabi, Eman S Nossier, Nagy M Khalifa, Rania A Alasfoury, May A El-Manawaty
An efficient synthesis of substituted pyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidines was carried out and evaluated for in vitro anticancer activity against five cancer cell lines, namely hepatic cancer (HepG-2), prostate cancer (PC-3), colon cancer (HCT-116), breast cancer (MCF-7), and lung cancer (A-549) cell lines. Regarding HepG-2, PC-3, HCT-116 cancer cell lines, 7-(4-chlorophenyl)-2-(3-methyl-5-oxo-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)-5-(p-tolyl)- pyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidin-4(3H)-one (5a) exhibited strong, more potent anticancer (IC50 : 0...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Howard A Burris
The emergence of cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) inhibitors marked a significant advancement in the treatment of advanced breast cancer. Ribociclib is an orally bioavailable, highly selective inhibitor of CDK4/6. In combination with various endocrine therapies, ribociclib has demonstrated clinical activity as a first-line therapy for patients with HR+, HER2- advanced breast cancer, without compromising the favorable toxicity profile associated with endocrine therapy. Thus, ribociclib is now considered a new standard of care for HR+, HER2- advanced breast cancer...
March 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Yubing Zhou, Jacson K Shen, Zujiang Yu, Francis J Hornicek, Quancheng Kan, Zhenfeng Duan
Overexpression and/or hyperactivation of cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4) has been found in many types of human cancers, and a CDK4 specific inhibitor, palbociclib, has been recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of breast cancer. However, the expression and the therapeutic potential of CDK4 in osteosarcoma remain unclear. In the present study, CDK4 was found to be highly expressed in human osteosarcoma tissues and cell lines as compared with normal human osteoblasts. Elevated CDK4 expression correlated with metastasis potential and poor prognosis in osteosarcoma patients as determined by immunohistochemical analysis in a human osteosarcoma tissue microarray (TMA)...
February 13, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Minghui Liu, Hongyu Liu, Jun Chen
An uncontrolled cell cycle is an obvious marker of tumor cells. The G1‑S phase is an important restriction point in the normal cell cycle, but in cancer cells the restriction function is reduced, leading to uncontrolled cell proliferation. Two cyclin‑dependent kinases (CDKs), CDK4 and CDK6, play a crucial role in the G1‑S phase transition. Inhibitors of CDK4/6 are presently the subjects of numerous studies, and PD 0332991, an inhibitor of CDK4/6, has been used to treat hormone receptor (HR)‑positive, advanced‑stage breast cancer...
January 19, 2018: Oncology Reports
Hiroji Iwata
Endocrine therapy is the mainstay of treatment for patients with estrogen receptor positive (ER+)/HER2-negative (HER2-) metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Many clinicians consider the sequential endocrine therapy is gold standard strategy because of better outcome and the maintenance of a better quality of life (QOL) for MBC patients. However, clinical practice shall be changed according to development of CDK4/6 inhibitor in current. CDK4/6 is key kinase which promote the cell cycle, and especially the expression of cyclin D1 and the activation of CDK4/6 to drive breast cancer proliferation...
February 1, 2018: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
Agnieszka K Witkiewicz, Sejin Chung, Rachel Brough, Paris Vail, Jorge Franco, Christopher J Lord, Erik S Knudsen
Approximately 30% of triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) exhibit functional loss of the RB tumor suppressor, suggesting a target for precision intervention. Here, we use drug screens to identify agents specifically antagonized by the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor (RB) using CDK4/6 inhibitors. A number of candidate RB-synthetic lethal small molecules were identified, including anti-helmenthics, chemotherapeutic agents, and small-molecule inhibitors targeting DNA-damage checkpoints (e.g., CHK) and chromosome segregation (e...
January 30, 2018: Cell Reports
Adam M Brufsky, Maura N Dickler
Advancements in molecular profiling and endocrine therapy (ET) have led to more focused clinical attention on precision medicine. These advances have expanded our understanding of breast cancer (BC) pathogenesis and hold promising implications for the future of therapy. The estrogen receptor-α is a predominant endocrine regulatory protein in the breast and in estrogen-induced BC. Successful targeting of proteins and genes within estrogen receptor (ER) nuclear and nonnuclear pathways remains a clinical goal...
January 19, 2018: Oncologist
Rena Shah, Ruth M O'Regan
The use of hormonal therapy in breast cancer has improved the overall outcome for patients with early-stage hormone receptor-positive disease. The choice of hormone therapy is related to multiple factors, including menopausal state, patient preference, and potential side effects. Molecular profiling has allowed therapy to be tailored for an individual patient to some extent. However, further molecular studies are needed to individualize the choice and length of adjuvant hormone therapy. Ongoing studies are evaluating the role of additional targeted therapies, such as CDK4/6 inhibitors, to further improve outcome for patients with early-stage hormone receptor-positive breast cancer...
2018: Cancer Treatment and Research
Wenzhi Jia, Xiaoping Zhao, Li Zhao, Hui Yan, Jiajin Li, Hao Yang, Gang Huang, Jianjun Liu
There is growing interest in studying the molecular mechanisms of crosstalk between cancer metabolism and the cell cycle. 6-phosphate fructose-2-kinase/fructose-2,6-bisphosphatase-3 (PFKFB3) is a well-known glycolytic activator that plays an important role in tumorigenesis. We investigated whether PFKFB3 was directly involved in oncogenic signaling networks. Mass Spectrometry showed that PFKFB3 interacts with cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4, which controls the transition from G1 phase to S phase of the cell cycle...
January 16, 2018: Oncogene
Priyank Patel, Vladislav Tsiperson, Susan R S Gottesman, Jonathan Somma, Stacy W Blain
Cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 (CDK4/6)-specific inhibitors, such as palbociclib, have shown clinical efficacy, but primary or secondary resistance has emerged as a problem. To develop more effective therapeutic approaches, investigation is needed into the mechanisms of resistance or adaption. Here, it is demonstrated that CDK2 compensates for loss of CDK4 activity to rescue palbociclib-arrested breast cancer cells, suggesting that inhibition of both kinases is required to achieve durable response. In addition, a novel strategy is described to inhibit tyrosine phosphorylation of p27Kip1 (CDKN1B) and simultaneously inhibit both CDK2 and CDK4...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Zijie Cai, Qiang Liu
Cell cycle progression and cell proliferation are under precise and orchestrated control in normal cells. However, uncontrolled cell proliferation caused by aberrant cell cycle progression is a crucial characteristic of cancer. Understanding cell cycle progression and its regulation sheds light on cancer treatment. Agents targeting cell cycle regulators (such as CDKs) have been considered as promising candidates in cancer treatment. Although the first-generation pan-CDK inhibitors failed in clinical trials because of their adverse events and low efficacy, new selective CDK 4/6 inhibitors showed potent efficacy with tolerable safety in preclinical and clinical studies...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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