IGF-1R Inhibition Activates a YES/SFK Bypass Resistance Pathway: Rational Basis for Co-Targeting IGF-1R and Yes/SFK Kinase in Rhabdomyosarcoma

Xiaolin Wan, Choh Yeung, Christine Heske, Arnulfo Mendoza, Lee J. Helman

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Abstract

The insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) has surfaced as a significant target in multiple solid cancers due to its fundamental roles in pro-survival and anti-apoptotic signaling. However, development of resistance to IGF-1R blockade represents a significant hindrance and limits treatment efficacy in the clinic. In this study, we identified acquired resistance to IGF-1R blockade with R1507, an antibody against IGF-1R, and with BMS-754807, a small molecular inhibitor of IGF-1R/insulin receptor (IR). We showed that treatment with an IGF-IR antibody, R1507, or an IR/IGF-IR kinase inhibitor, BMS-754807, was associated with increased activation of YES/SRC family tyrosine kinase (SFK) in rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). Combining anti–IGF-1R agents with SFK inhibitors resulted in blockade of IGF-1R inhibition–induced activation of YES/SFK and displayed advantageous antitumor activity in vitro and in vivo. Our data provide evidence that IGF-1R blockade results in activation of the YES/SRC family kinase bypass resistance pathway in vitro and in vivo. This may be of particular clinical relevance since both Yes and IGF components are overexpressed in RMS. Increased YES/SFK activation might serve as a clinical biomarker for predicting tumor resistance to IGF-1R inhibition. Dual inhibition of IGF-1R and SFK may have a broader and enhanced clinical benefit for patients with RMS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-366
Number of pages9
JournalNeoplasia (United States)
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research

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