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Current Cancer Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1568-0096
ISSN (Online): 1873-5576

Research Article

Inhibition of PI3K/mTOR Pathways with GDC-0980 in Pediatric Leukemia: Impact on Abnormal FLT-3 Activity and Cooperation with Intracellular Signaling Targets

Author(s): Abdulhameed Al-Ghabkari*, Maneka A. Perinpanayagam and Aru Narendran

Volume 19 , Issue 10 , 2019

Page: [828 - 837] Pages: 10

DOI: 10.2174/1568009619666190326120833

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Background: GDC-0980 is a selective small molecule inhibitor of class I PI3K and mTOR pathway with a potent anti-proliferative activity.

Objective: We set out to evaluate the efficacy of GDC-0980, in pre-clinical studies, against pediatric leukemia cells.

Methods: The anti-neoplastic activity of GDC-0980 was evaluated in vitro using five different pediatric leukemia cells.

Results: Our data show that GDC-0980 significantly inhibited the proliferation of leukemia cell lines, KOPN8 (IC50, 532 nM), SEM (IC50,720 nM), MOLM-13 (IC50,346 nM), MV4;11 (IC50,199 nM), and TIB-202 (IC50, 848 nM), compared to normal control cells (1.23 µM). This antiproliferative activity was associated with activation of cellular apoptotic mechanism characterized by a decrease in Bcl-2 protein phosphorylation and enhanced PARP cleavage. Western blot analyses of GDC-0980 treated cells also showed decreased phosphorylation levels of mTOR, Akt and S6, but not ERK1/2. Notably, FLT3 phosphorylation was decreased in Molm-13 and MV4;11 cells following the application of GDC-0980. We further examined cellular viability of GDC-0980-treated primary leukemia cells isolated from pediatric leukemia patients. This study revealed a potential therapeutic effect of GDC-0980 on two ALL patients (IC50’s, 1.23 and 0.625 µM, respectively). Drug combination analyses of GDC-0980 demonstrated a synergistic activity with the MEK inhibitor Cobimetinib (MV4-11; 11, CI, 0.25, SEM, CI, 0.32, and TIB-202, CI, 0.55) and the targeted FLT3 inhibitor, Crenolanib (MV4-11; 11, CI, 0.25, SEM, CI, 0.7, and TIB-202, CI, 0.42).

Conclusion: These findings provide initial proof-of-concept data and rationale for further investigation of GDC-0980 in selected subgroups of pediatric leukemia patients.

Keywords: FLT3, PI3K, mTOR, cell cytotoxicity, ITD, ALL, AML.

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