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.
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- Cancer Research