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Gary K Scott, David Chu, Ravneet Kaur, Julia Malato, Daniel E Rothschild, Katya Frazier, Serenella Eppenberger-Castori, Byron Hann, Ben Ho Park, Christopher C Benz
ERα phosphorylation at hinge site S294 (pS294) was recently shown to be essential for ER-dependent gene transcription and mediated by an unknown cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK). This study was undertaken to identify the exact CDK pathway mediating pS294 formation, and to determine if this phosphorylation event occurs with, and can be targeted to treat, the ligand-independent growth of breast cancers expressing endocrine-refractory ESR1 mutations. Using a newly developed anti-pS294 monoclonal antibody, a combination of CDK specific siRNA knockdown studies and a broad panel of CDK selective inhibitors against ligand (E2)-stimulated MCF7 cells, we first identified CDK2 as the primary mediator of pS294 formation and showed that CDK2-selective inhibitors like Dinaciclib, but not CDK4/6 inhibitors like Palbociclib, can selectively prevent pS294 formation and repress ER-dependent gene expression...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
George Au-Yeung, Franziska Lang, Walid J Azar, Chris Mitchell, Kate E Jarman, Kurt Lackovic, Diar Aziz, Carleen Cullinane, Richard B Pearson, Linda Mileshkin, Danny Rischin, Alison M Karst, Ronny Drapkin, Dariush Etemadmoghadam, David D L Bowtell
PURPOSE: Cyclin E1 (CCNE1) amplification is associated with primary treatment resistance and poor outcome in high grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSC). Here, we explore approaches to target CCNE1 amplified cancers and potential strategies to overcome resistance to targeted agents. EXPERIMENT DESIGN: To examine dependency on CDK2 in CCNE1 amplified HGSC, we utilised siRNA and conditional shRNA gene suppression, and chemical inhibition using dinaciclib, a small molecule CDK2 inhibitor...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Alexey V Danilov, Shanhu Hu, Bernardo Orr, Kristina Godek, Lisa Maria Mustachio, David Sekula, Xi Liu, Masanori Kawakami, Faye M Johnson, Duane A Compton, Sarah J Freemantle, Ethan Dmitrovsky
Despite advances in targeted therapy, lung cancer remains the most common cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. Chromosomal instability is a prominent feature in lung cancer and because it rarely occurs in normal cells, it represents a potential therapeutic target. Our prior work discovered that lung cancer cells undergo anaphase catastrophe in response to inhibition of cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2), followed by apoptosis and reduced tumor cell growth. In this study, the effects and mechanisms of the multi-CDK inhibitor dinaciclib on lung cancer cells were investigated...
August 22, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Ping Chen, Nathan V Lee, Wenyue Hu, Meirong Xu, Rose Ann Ferre, Hieu Lam, Simon Bergqvist, James Solowiej, Wade Diehl, You-Ai He, Xiu Yu, Asako Nagata, Todd VanArsdale, Brion W Murray
Therapeutically targeting aberrant intracellular kinase signaling is attractive from a biological perspective but drug development is often hindered by toxicities and inadequate efficacy. Predicting drug behaviors using cellular and animal models is confounded by redundant kinase activities, a lack of unique substrates, and cell-specific signaling networks. Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) drugs exemplify this phenomenon because they are reported to target common processes yet have distinct clinical activities...
October 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Sandeep Rajput, Nimmish Khera, Zhanfang Guo, Jeremy Hoog, Shunqiang Li, Cynthia X Ma
Cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) are potential cancer therapeutic targets because of their critical role in promoting cell growth. Dinaciclib is a novel CDK inhibitor currently under clinical evaluation for the treatment of advanced malignancies. In this study, we demonstrated the anti-tumor activity of dinaciclib in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) patient derived xenograft (PDX) and cell lines in vitro and in vivo. Treatment with dinaciclib induced cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase and marked apoptosis. These changes were accompanied by reduced phosphorylation of CDK1 and retinoblastoma (Rb) protein and decreased protein levels of cyclin B1, cMYC and survivin...
July 28, 2016: Oncotarget
A M Rajan, S Kumar
The treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) is rapidly evolving. In the United States, four drugs (panobinostat, ixazomib, daratumumab and elotuzumab) were approved for the treatment of MM in 2015. As a result of improved diagnosis and therapy, there has been a dramatic improvement in the outcome of MM in the last decade, probably more than any other malignancy. Numerous agents continue to be studied in preclinical models and in clinical trials, with many demonstrating clinical efficacy that appears promising enough to have a trajectory for regulatory approval...
2016: Blood Cancer Journal
Yixiang Chen, Sandra Germano, Chris Clements, Jesvin Samuel, Ghalia Shelmani, Sandrine Jayne, Martin J S Dyer, Salvador Macip
Dinaciclib is a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor with clinical potential in different cancers, including chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). In order to better understand its cytotoxic action, we characterized its effects on signalling pathways important for the survival of CLL cells. We found that dinaciclib induced apoptosis through the activation of caspases 8 and 9, which was independent of the presence of cytokines to mimic the environment of proliferation centres or IGVH mutation status. Moreover, treatment with dinaciclib led to the inhibition of oncogenic pathways normally activated in stimulated CLL cells, such as STAT3, NF-κB, p38, PI3K/AKT and RAF/MEK/ERK...
July 29, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Zhenghu Chen, Zhenyu Wang, Jonathan C Pang, Yang Yu, Shayahati Bieerkehazhi, Jiaxiong Lu, Ting Hu, Yanling Zhao, Xin Xu, Hong Zhang, Joanna S Yi, Shangfeng Liu, Jianhua Yang
Neuroblastoma (NB), the most common extracranial solid tumor of childhood, is responsible for approximately 15% of cancer-related mortality in children. Aberrant activation of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) has been shown to contribute to tumor cell progression in many cancers including NB. Therefore, small molecule inhibitors of CDKs comprise a strategic option in cancer therapy. Here we show that a novel multiple-CDK inhibitor, dinaciclib (SCH727965, MK-7965), exhibits potent anti-proliferative effects on a panel of NB cell lines by blocking the activity of CDK2 and CDK9...
2016: Scientific Reports
Leonard Naymagon, Maher Abdul-Hay
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a disease that affects plasma cells and can lead to devastating clinical features such as anemia, lytic bone lesions, hypercalcemia, and renal disease. An enhanced understanding of MM disease mechanisms has led to new more targeted treatments. There is now a plethora of treatments available for MM. In this review article, our aim is to discuss many of the novel agents that are being studied or have recently been approved for the treatment of MM. These agents include the following: immunomodulators (pomalidomide), proteasome inhibitors (carfilzomib, marizomib, ixazomib, oprozomib), alkylating agents (bendamustine), AKT inhibitors (afuresertib), BTK inhibitors (ibrutinib), CDK inhibitors (dinaciclib), histone deacetylase inhibitors (panobinostat, rocilinostat, vorinostat), IL-6 inhibitors (siltuximab), kinesin spindle protein inhibitors (filanesib), monoclonal antibodies (daratumumab, elotuzumab, indatuximab, SAR650984), and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitors...
2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
James S Blachly, John C Byrd, Michael Grever
In the last 10 years, oncology has been transformed by the development and broad availability of small molecule therapies for cancer. Compounds have been and are being developed to target nearly every known relevant component of the cell's machinery. One class of compounds, the cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitors, was originally conceived as an anticancer therapeutic based on the premise that as cancer is (in part) defined by loss of cell-cycle control, the interruption of cell cycle could arrest cancer growth...
April 2016: Seminars in Oncology
Fatima Morales, Antonio Giordano
CDK9 is a protein in constant development in cancer therapy. Herein we present an overview of the enzyme as a target for cancer therapy. We provide data on its characteristics and mechanism of action. In recent years, CDK9 inhibitors that have been designed with molecular modeling have demonstrated good antitumoral activity in vitro. Clinical studies of the drugs flavopiridol, dinaciclib, seliciclib, SNS-032 and RGB-286638 used as CDK9 inhibitors are also reviewed, with their additional targets and their relative IC50 values...
2016: Cell Cycle
Scott C Howard, Steven Trifilio, Tara K Gregory, Nadine Baxter, Ali McBride
Effective new treatments are now available for patients with hematologic malignancies. However, their propensity to cause tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) has not been systematically examined. A literature search identified published Phase I-III clinical trials of monoclonal antibodies (otlertuzumab, brentuximab, obinutuzumab, ibritumomab, ofatumumab); tyrosine kinase inhibitors (alvocidib [flavopiridol], dinaciclib, ibrutinib, nilotinib, dasatinib, idelalisib, venetoclax [ABT-199]); proteasome inhibitors (oprozomib, carfilzomib); chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells; and the proapoptotic agent lenalidomide...
March 2016: Annals of Hematology
David A Alagpulinsa, Srinivas Ayyadevara, Shmuel Yaccoby, Robert J Shmookler Reis
PARP1/2 are required for single-strand break repair, and their inhibition causes DNA replication fork collapse and double-strand break (DSB) formation. These DSBs are primarily repaired via homologous recombination (HR), a high-fidelity repair pathway. Should HR be deficient, DSBs may be repaired via error-prone nonhomologous end-joining mechanisms, or may persist, ultimately resulting in cell death. The combined disruption of PARP and HR activities thus produces synthetic lethality. Multiple myeloma cells are characterized by chromosomal instability and pervasive DNA damage, implicating aberrant DNA repair...
February 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Adele Baker, Gareth P Gregory, Inge Verbrugge, Lev Kats, Joshua J Hilton, Eva Vidacs, Erwin M Lee, Richard B Lock, Johannes Zuber, Jake Shortt, Ricky W Johnstone
Translocations of the mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) gene occur in 60% to 80% of all infant acute leukemias and are markers of poor prognosis. MLL-AF9 and other MLL fusion proteins aberrantly recruit epigenetic regulatory proteins, including histone deacetylases (HDAC), histone methyltransferases, bromodomain-containing proteins, and transcription elongation factors to mediate chromatin remodeling and regulate tumorigenic gene expression programs. We conducted a small-molecule inhibitor screen to test the ability of candidate pharmacologic agents targeting epigenetic and transcriptional regulatory proteins to induce apoptosis in leukemic cells derived from genetically engineered mouse models of MLL-AF9-driven acute myeloid leukemia (AML)...
March 1, 2016: Cancer Research
Esther P Jane, Daniel R Premkumar, Jonathon M Cavaleri, Philip A Sutera, Thatchana Rajasekar, Ian F Pollack
The prognosis for malignant glioma, the most common brain tumor, is still poor, underscoring the need to develop novel treatment strategies. Because glioma cells commonly exhibit genomic alterations involving genes that regulate cell-cycle control, there is a strong rationale for examining the potential efficacy of strategies to counteract this process. In this study, we examined the antiproliferative effects of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor dinaciclib in malignant human glioma cell lines, with intact, deleted, or mutated p53 or phosphatase and tensin homolog on chromosome 10; intact or deleted or p14ARF or wild-type or amplified epidermal growth factor receptor...
February 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Chiara Ianes, Pengfei Xu, Natalie Werz, Zhigang Meng, Doris Henne-Bruns, Joachim Bischof, Uwe Knippschild
CK1 protein kinases form a family of serine/threonine kinases which are highly conserved through different species and ubiquitously expressed. CK1 family members can phosphorylate numerous substrates thereby regulating different biological processes including membrane trafficking, cell cycle regulation, circadian rhythm, apoptosis, and signal transduction. Deregulation of CK1 activity and/or expression contributes to the development of neurological diseases and cancer. Therefore, CK1 became an interesting target for drug development and it is relevant to further understand the mechanisms of its regulation...
February 2016: Amino Acids
Sandra Eketorp Sylvan, Henriette Skribek, Stefan Norin, Orsolya Muhari, Anders Österborg, Laszlo Szekely
New drugs targeting important cellular signaling pathways are currently being developed for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). It is therefore of interest to analyze their in vitro killing capacity in manufacturer-independent, comparative experiments. We here report on the sensitivity of CLL cells to a panel of emerging targeted therapeutics using high-throughput screening based on an automated fluorescence digital scanning system. Fresh CLL cells from 42 patients with indolent or progressive CLL were cultured for 72 hours on microtiter plates in a unique primary cell culture medium...
January 2016: Experimental Hematology
Daniela Cihalova, Martina Ceckova, Radim Kucera, Jiri Klimes, Frantisek Staud
Dinaciclib is a novel cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor (CDKI) with significant activity against various cancers in vitro and in vivo. ABC efflux transporters play an important role in drug disposition and are responsible for multidrug resistance in cancer cells. Inhibitors and substrates of these transporters may participate in pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions (DDIs) that alter drug disposition during pharmacotherapy. To assess such risks associated with dinaciclib we evaluated its possible effects on efflux activities of ABCB1, ABCC1 and ABCG2 transporters in vitro...
December 1, 2015: Biochemical Pharmacology
Gaurav S Choudhary, Trinh T Tat, Saurav Misra, Brian T Hill, Mitchell R Smith, Alexandru Almasan, Suparna Mazumder
Cyclin E/Cdk2 kinase activity is frequently deregulated in human cancers, resulting in impaired apoptosis. Here, we show that cyclin E/Cdk2 phosphorylates and stabilizes the pro-survival Bcl-2 family protein Mcl-1, a key cell death resistance determinant to the small molecule Bcl-2 family inhibitors ABT-199 and ABT-737, mimetics of the Bcl-2 homology domain 3 (BH3). Cyclin E levels were elevated and there was increased association of cyclin E/Cdk2 with Mcl-1 in ABT-737-resistant compared to parental cells. Cyclin E depletion in various human tumor cell-lines and cyclin E-/- mouse embryo fibroblasts showed decreased levels of Mcl-1 protein, with no change in Mcl-1 mRNA levels...
July 10, 2015: Oncotarget
Olivia Perwitasari, Xiuzhen Yan, Jason O'Donnell, Scott Johnson, Ralph A Tripp
Influenza A virus (IAV) infection causes seasonal epidemics of contagious respiratory illness that causes substantial morbidity and some mortality. Regular vaccination is the principal strategy for controlling influenza virus, although vaccine efficacy is variable. IAV antiviral drugs are available; however, substantial drug resistance has developed to two of the four currently FDA-approved antiviral drugs. Thus, new therapeutic approaches are being sought to reduce the burden of influenza-related disease. A high-throughput screen using a human kinase inhibitor library was performed targeting an emerging IAV strain (H7N9) in A549 cells...
December 2015: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
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