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Herceptin resistance

Gerjon J Ikink, Mandy Boer, Elvira R M Bakker, Annabel Vendel-Zwaagstra, Chris Klijn, Jelle Ten Hoeve, Jos Jonkers, Lodewyk F Wessels, John Hilkens
Personalized medicine for cancer patients requires a deep understanding of the underlying genetics that drive cancer and the subsequent identification of predictive biomarkers. To discover new genes and pathways contributing to oncogenesis and therapy resistance in HER2+ breast cancer, we performed Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus (MMTV)-induced insertional mutagenesis screens in ErbB2/cNeu-transgenic mouse models. The screens revealed 34 common integration sites (CIS) in mammary tumors of MMTV-infected mice, highlighting loci with multiple independent MMTV integrations in which potential oncogenes are activated, most of which had never been reported as MMTV CIS...
January 12, 2018: Oncogene
Iram Fatima, Ikbale El-Ayachi, Ling Taotao, M Angeles Lillo, Raya Krutilina, Tiffany N Seagroves, Tomasz W Radaszkiewicz, Miroslav Hutnan, Vitezslav Bryja, Susan A Krum, Fatima Rivas, Gustavo A Miranda-Carboni
Metastatic breast cancer is the leading cause of worldwide cancer-related deaths among women. Triple negative breast cancers (TNBC) are highly metastatic and are devoid of estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) amplification. TNBCs are unresponsive to Herceptin and/or anti-estrogen therapies and too often become highly chemoresistant when exposed to standard chemotherapy. TNBCs frequently metastasize to the lung and brain. We have previously shown that TNBCs are active for oncogenic Wnt10b/β-catenin signaling and that WNT10B ligand and its downstream target HMGA2 are predictive of poorer outcomes and are strongly associated with chemoresistant TNBC metastatic disease...
2017: PloS One
Gábor Tóth, János Szöllősi, György Vereb
Monoclonal antibody-based immunotherapeutics will dominate Pharma's next generation of blockbuster drugs, and Fc-associated functions, including antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) are among the highly desired activities mediated by these antibodies. Therefore, quantitative evaluation of ADCC is required during drug development. Our objective was to find the most suitable and reliable nonradioactive method for quantitative analysis of in vitro ADCC against adherent cells, which often serve as models for solid tumors...
September 25, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
T M Cannon, A T Shah, M C Skala
Two-photon microscopy of cellular autofluorescence intensity and lifetime (optical metabolic imaging, or OMI) is a promising tool for preclinical drug development. OMI, which exploits the endogenous fluorescence from the metabolic coenzymes NAD(P)H and FAD, is sensitive to changes in cell metabolism produced by drug treatment. Previous studies have shown that drug response, genetic expression, cell-cell communication, and cell signaling in 3D culture match those of the original in vivo tumor, but not those of 2D culture...
March 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
Lori J Goldstein, Fengmin Zhao, Molin Wang, Ramona F Swaby, Joseph A Sparano, Neal J Meropol, Kapil N Bhalla, Christine M Pellegrino, R Katherine Alpaugh, Carla I Falkson, Paula Klein, George W Sledge
PURPOSE: Suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA; vorinostat), a small molecule inhibitor of histone deacetylase, attenuates signaling pathways known to confer trastuzumab resistance. A combination of SAHA and trastuzumab may be a promising strategy to improve the efficacy of trastuzumab against breast cancer. In this Phase I/II study, we evaluated the toxicity and response rate after treatment with SAHA and trastuzumab in patients with HER2-overexpressing metastatic breast cancer with trastuzumab-resistant progressive disease...
September 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Qing Chen, Ziyi Weng, Yunshu Lu, Yijun Jia, Longlong Ding, Fang Bai, Meixin Ge, Qing Lin, Kejin Wu
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of trastuzumab (herceptin) and fulvestrant (falsodex) either in combination or alone, on downstream cell signaling pathways in lab-cultured human HR+/HER2+ breast cancer cell lines ZR-75-1 and BT-474, as well as on protein expression levels in mouse xenograft tissue. METHODS: Cells were cultivated in the presence of trastuzumab or fulvestrant or both. Molecular events that resulted in an inhibition of cell proliferation and cell cycle progression or in an increased rate of apoptosis were studied...
2017: PloS One
Heena Singla, Sourav Kalra, Preeti Kheterpal, Vinod Kumar, Anjana Munshi
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed life-threatening malignancy among women, across the globe. HER2 positive is a distinct breast cancer subtype, on account of its unique biology and physiological behavior. RESULTS: Amplification of HER2 oncogene/polysomy 17 leads to HER2 overexpression that is a significant causal implication in HER2 positive breast cancer. HER2 gene variants, as well as other genes/gene variants, are involved in its overexpression, disease prognosis and in predicting the susceptibility towards HER2 positive breast cancer...
2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
Karen Lam, Conrad Chan, Raymond M Reilly
We previously reported that microSPECT/CT imaging with (111)In-labeled pertuzumab detected decreased HER2 expression in human breast cancer (BC) xenografts in athymic mice associated with response to treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin). Our aim was to extend these results to PET/CT by constructing F(ab')2 of pertuzumab modified with NOTA chelators for complexing (64)Cu. The effect of the administered mass (5-200 µg) of (64)Cu-NOTA-pertuzumab F(ab')2 was studied in NOD/SCID mice engrafted with HER2-positive SK-OV-3 human ovarian cancer xenografts...
January 2017: MAbs
Soraya Sajadimajd, Razieh Yazdanparast
Trastuzumab (Herceptin) monoclonal antibody directed against HER2 receptor has been administered as a treatment for metastatic HER2 positive breast cancer. The problematic issue in treatment of HER2 positive breast cancer cells is commonly the induction of resistance to trastuzumab which might be due to modulation of some vital signaling elements such as Notch1 and Pin1. In this study, we were aimed to investigate whether the cross talk between pin1 and Notch1 has a role in this event. Our results indicated that the expression level of Pin1 in resistant SKBR3 cells increased by about twofold relative to sensitive SKBR3 cells...
January 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Huiping Shi, Weili Zhang, Qiaoming Zhi, Min Jiang
In the era of new and mostly effective molecular targeted therapies, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive (HER2+) cancers are still intractable diseases. Lapatinib, a dual epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and HER2 tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has greatly improved breast cancer prognosis in recent years after the initial introduction of trastuzumab (Herceptin). However, clinical evidence indicates the existence of both primary unresponsiveness and secondary lapatinib resistance, which leads to the failure of this agent in HER2+ cancer patients...
October 10, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
T Yu, G Yang, Y Hou, X Tang, C Wu, X-A Wu, L Guo, Q Zhu, H Luo, Y-E Du, S Wen, L Xu, J Yin, G Tu, M Liu
Multiple drug resistance is a challenging issue in the clinic. There is growing evidence that the G-protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) is a novel mediator in the development of multidrug resistance in both estrogen receptor (ER)-positive and -negative breast cancers, and that cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in the tumor microenvironment may be a new agent that promotes drug resistance in tumor cells. However, the role of cytoplasmic GPER of CAFs on tumor therapy remains unclear. Here we first show that the breast tumor cell-activated PI3K/AKT (phosphoinositide 3-kinase/AKT) signaling pathway induces the cytoplasmic GPER translocation of CAFs in a CRM1-dependent pattern, and leads to the activation of a novel estrogen/GPER/cAMP/PKA/CREB signaling axis that triggers the aerobic glycolysis switch in CAFs...
April 2017: Oncogene
S Lefort, A Thuleau, Y Kieffer, P Sirven, I Bieche, E Marangoni, A Vincent-Salomon, F Mechta-Grigoriou
The CXCR4 receptor and its ligand CXCL12 (also named stromal cell-derived factor 1, SDF1) have a critical role in chemotaxis and homing, key steps in cancer metastasis. Although myofibroblasts expressing CXCL12 are associated with the presence of axillary metastases in HER2 breast cancers (BC), the therapeutic interest of targeting CXCR4/CXCL12 axis in the different BC subtypes remains unclear. Here, we investigate this question by testing antitumor activity of CXCR4 inhibitors in patient-derived xenografts (PDX), which faithfully reproduce human tumor properties...
March 2, 2017: Oncogene
Zhongxing Liang, Xuehai Bian, Hyunsuk Shim
Triple negative breast tumors don't respond to Tamoxifen and Herceptin, two of the most effective medications for treating breast cancer. Additionally, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) intrinsically resists or will eventually acquire resistance to chemotherapy. The purpose of this study is to understand better the molecular basis of TNBC as well as develop new therapeutic strategies against it. Here, we analyzed miRNA-206 expression levels in breast cancer cell lines and tissues. In addition, we investigated whether miR-206 mimics inhibited TNBC tumor invasion and angiogenesis...
August 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Kyohei Muguruma, Fumika Yakushiji, Ryosuke Kawamata, Daichi Akiyama, Risako Arima, Takuya Shirasaka, Yamato Kikkawa, Akihiro Taguchi, Kentaro Takayama, Takeshi Fukuhara, Tetsuro Watabe, Yuji Ito, Yoshio Hayashi
Although several approaches for making antibody-drug conjugates (ADC) have been developed, it has yet to be reported that an antibody binding peptide such as Z33 from protein A is utilized as the pivotal unit to generate the noncovalent-type ADC (NC-ADC). Herein we aim to establish a novel probe for NC-ADC by synthesizing the Z33-conjugated antitumor agent, plinabulin. Due to the different solubility of two components, including hydrophobic plinabulin and hydrophilic Z33, an innovative method with a solid-supported disulfide coupling reagent is required for the synthesis of the target compounds with prominent efficiency (29% isolated yield)...
July 20, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Cheng-Han Lin, Chen-Hsun Tsai, Ching-Tung Yeh, Jui-Lin Liang, Wan-Chun Hung, Forn-Chia Lin, Wei-Lun Chang, Hao-Yi Li, Yun-Chin Yao, Tai-I Hsu, Yu-Cheng Lee, Yi-Ching Wang, Bor-Shyang Sheu, Wu-Wei Lai, Marcus J Calkins, Michael Hsiao, Pei-Jung Lu
Concurrent chemoradiation therapy (CCRT) is the predominant treatment in esophageal cancer, however resistance to therapy and tumor recurrence are exceedingly common. Elevated ERBB2/Her2 may be at least partially responsible for both the high rates of recurrence and resistance to CCRT. This receptor tyrosine kinase is upregulated in 10-20% of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) tissues, and amplification of ERBB2 has been correlated with poor prognosis in esophageal cancer. Tissues from 131 ESCC patients, along with cell and animal models of the disease were used to probe the underlying mechanisms by which ERBB2 upregulation occurs and causes negative outcomes in ESCC...
June 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Xin Li, Jinmei Xu, Xi Tang, Yilun Liu, Xiaoping Yu, Zhi Wang, Weihua Liu
Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) is a recombinant humanized monoclonal antibody that is targeted against the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) tyrosine kinase receptor. Trastuzumab has been successfully used to treat patients with HER2-positive breast cancer, which accounts for ~25% of invasive breast cancer. However, the majority of patients who initially respond to trastuzumab demonstrate disease progression within 1 year of treatment. Therefore, identifying alternative drugs that overcome trastuzumab resistance and target HER2 may increase the magnitude and duration of response...
May 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Dongsheng Huang, Hongying Duan, Hao Huang, Xiangmin Tong, Yong Han, Guoqing Ru, Like Qu, Chengchao Shou, Zhongsheng Zhao
Cisplatin remains to be primary chemotherapeutic drug for gastric cancer patients, especially for advanced stage ones. However, primary or acquired resistance often occurs with the mechanisms being not well understood, which results in relapse of the cancer and poor survival. Herein, we found that HER2 upregulation was associated with cisplatin resistance. We observed that cisplatin-resistant gastric cancer cells underwent a morphological change similar to epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) which is mediated by HER2 overexpression...
2016: Scientific Reports
Wei-Ming Li, Chih-Sheng Chiang, Wei-Chen Huang, Chia-Wei Su, Min-Yu Chiang, Jian-Yi Chen, San-Yuan Chen
We developed a surfactant-free method utilizing amifostine to stably link a targeting ligand (Herceptin) to amphiphilic gelatin (AG)-iron oxide@calcium phosphate (CaP) nanoparticles with hydrophobic curcumin (CUR) and hydrophilic doxorubicin (DOX) encapsulated in the AG core and CaP shell (AGIO@CaP-CD), respectively. This multi-functional nanoparticle system has a pH-sensitive CaP shell and degradable amphiphilic gelatin (AG) core, which enables controllable sequential release of the two drugs. The dual-targeting system of AGIO@CaP-CD (HER-AGIO@CaP-CD) with a bioligand and magnetic targeting resulted in significantly elevated cellular uptake in HER2-overexpressing SKBr3 cells and more efficacious therapy than delivery of targeting ligand alone due to the synergistic cell multi-drug resistance/apoptosis-inducing effect of the CUR and DOX combination...
December 28, 2015: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Eva J Razumienko, Jason C Chen, Zhongli Cai, Conrad Chan, Raymond M Reilly
UNLABELLED: One mechanism of resistance to trastuzumab in human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer (BC) is increased epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression. We have developed (111)In-labeled bispecific radioimmunoconjugates (bsRICs) that bind HER2 and EGFR on BC cells by linking trastuzumab Fab fragments through a polyethylene glycol (PEG24) spacer to epidermal growth factor (EGF). We hypothesized that tumors coexpressing HER2 and EGFR could be treated by dual-receptor-targeted radioimmunotherapy with these bsRICs labeled with the β-particle emitter (177)Lu or the Auger electron-emitter (111)In...
March 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Jessica L Brusgard, Moran Choe, Saranya Chumsri, Keli Renoud, Alexander D MacKerell, Marius Sudol, Antonino Passaniti
Intratumoral heterogeneity and treatment resistance drive breast cancer (BC) metastasis and recurrence. The RUNX2 transcription factor is upregulated in early stage luminal BC. However, the precise mechanism by which RUNX2 regulates an oncogenic phenotype in luminal BCs remains an enigma. We show that RUNX2 is predictive of poor overall survival in BC patients. RUNX2 associated with the TAZ transcriptional co-activator to promote a tumorigenic phenotype that was inhibited by knockdown of TAZ. RUNX2 increased endogenous TAZ translocation to the nucleus, which was prevented by inhibiting RUNX2...
September 29, 2015: Oncotarget
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