Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Two-drug synergy may treat drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia

Date:
October 24, 2012
Source:
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Summary:
Researchers have dissected a case of synergy in drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia to understand the mechanism by which two drugs, danusertib and bosutinib, work together to overcome resistance in the BCR-ABL gatekeeper mutation-specific disease.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has dissected a case of synergy in drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia to understand the mechanism by which two drugs, danusertib and bosutinib, work together to overcome resistance in the BCR-ABL gatekeeper mutation-specific disease. The team includes a researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center and colleagues at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Austria and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The goal is to address an unmet medical need because this BCR-ABL mutation confers resistance to all currently approved kinase inhibitors for chronic myeloid leukemia.

The study appeared in the Sept. 30 online version of Nature Chemical Biology.

"Treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia rapidly improved after the introduction of the first BCR-ABL inhibitor, Gleevec (imatinib)," said study co-author Uwe Rix, Ph.D., an assistant member of the Moffitt's Drug Discovery Department and Experimental Therapeutics Program. "However, it soon became apparent that a broad spectrum of possible resistance mechanisms necessitated second- and third-generation BCR-ABL inhibitors. Although these are mostly very successful, none of the currently approved options has been effective in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia who harbor the BCR-ABL gatekeeper mutation."

The researchers investigated the molecular mechanisms and logic underlying the synergistic interaction between danusertib and bosutinib, which is specific for BCR-ABL gatekeeper mutation-transformed cells. They applied a novel systems pharmacology approach involving a combination of different proteomics and gene expression profiling methods.

"We found previously unappreciated features of both agents," Rix said. "The synergy did not correlate with direct inhibition of BCR-ABL. Instead, our observations converged on the downstream MAPK signaling cascade as the predominantly affected pathway in the synergistic inhibition of BCR-ABL."

The researchers said the combination of both compounds impaired the activity of c-MYC, a gene regulator that codes a transcription factor playing a well-established but a not well understood role in a broad spectrum of human cancers.

"In the context of chronic myeloid leukemia, c-MYC is required for BCR-ABL-mediated transformation," Rix explained. "What is intriguing is that chronic myeloid leukemia cells with the BCR-ABL gatekeeper mutation seem to be more dependent on the MAPK/c-MYC signaling axis than BCR-ABL wild-type cells. Thus, challenging c-MYC with drugs appears promising in these resistant cells, but steps have only recently been made."

The researchers concluded that they have unraveled the action and impact of a "new synergistic drug interaction between danusertib and bosutinib in a clinically relevant, highly drug-resistant disease setting" by revealing a "non-obvious synergistic mechanism elicited by several off targets of the two small molecules."

"We believe this strategy of gaining a functional understanding of drug synergy may serve as a model for further mode-of-action studies," they concluded.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. "Two-drug synergy may treat drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 October 2012. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121024124849.htm>.
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. (2012, October 24). Two-drug synergy may treat drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 3, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121024124849.htm
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. "Two-drug synergy may treat drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121024124849.htm (accessed September 3, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Snack Attack: Study Says Action Movies Make You Snack More

Snack Attack: Study Says Action Movies Make You Snack More

Newsy (Sep. 2, 2014) You're more likely to gain weight while watching action flicks than you are watching other types of programming, says a new study published in JAMA. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
U.N. Says Ebola Travel Restrictions Will Cause Food Shortage

U.N. Says Ebola Travel Restrictions Will Cause Food Shortage

Newsy (Sep. 2, 2014) The U.N. says the problem is two-fold — quarantine zones and travel restrictions are limiting the movement of both people and food. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctors Fear They're Losing Battle Against Ebola

Doctors Fear They're Losing Battle Against Ebola

AP (Sep. 2, 2014) As a third American missionary is confirmed to have contracted Ebola in Liberia, doctors on the ground in West Africa fear they're losing the battle against the outbreak. (Sept. 2) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Tech Giants Bet on 3D Headsets for Gaming, Healthcare

Tech Giants Bet on 3D Headsets for Gaming, Healthcare

AFP (Sep. 2, 2014) When Facebook acquired the virtual reality hardware developer Oculus VR in March for $2 billion, CEO Mark Zuckerberg hailed the firm's technology as "a new communication platform." Duration: 02:24 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins