Evaluation of the pharmacodynamic effects of MGCD0103 from preclinical models to human using a novel HDAC enzyme assay

Claire Bonfils, Ann Kalita, Marja Dubay, Lillian L. Siu, Michael A. Carducci, Gregory Reid, Robert E. Martell, Jeffrey M. Besterman, Zuomei Li

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Purpose: The pharmacodynamic properties of MGCD0103, an isotype-selective inhibitor of histone deacetylase (HDAC), were evaluated in preclinical models and patients with a novel whole-cell HDAC enzyme assay. Experimental Design: Boc-Lys(e-Ac)-AMC, a HDAC substrate with fluorescent readout, was found to be cell permeable and was used to monitor MGCD0103-mediated HDAC inhibition in cultured cancer cells in vitro, in peripheral WBC ex vivo, in mice in vivo, and in human patients. Results: MGCD0103 inhibited HDAC activity in several human cancer cell lines in vitro and in human peripheral WBC ex vivo in a dose-dependent manner. Unlike suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid, the HDAC inhibitory activity of MGCD0103 was time dependent and sustained for at least 24 hours following drug removal in peripheral WBC ex vivo. Inhibitory activity of MGCD0103 cwas sustained for at least 8 hours in vivo in mice and 48 hours in patients with solid tumors. HDAC inhibitory activity of MGCD0103 in peripheral WBC correlated with induction of histone acetylation in blood and in implanted tumors in mice. In cancer patients, sustained pharmacodynamic effect of MGCD0103 was visualized only by dose-dependent enzyme inhibition in peripheral WBC but not by histone acetylation analysis. Conclusions: This study shows that MGCD0103 has sustained pharmacodynamic effects that can be monitored both in vitro and in vivo with a cell-based HDAC enzyme assay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3441-3449
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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