D L Kirkpatrick

The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States

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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of PX-12, a thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) inhibitor, administered as a 24-hour infusion every 7 or 14 days in patients with gastrointestinal malignancies. PX-12 is the first Trx-1 inhibitor to undergo clinical development. The first Phase 1 study of PX-12 demonstrated promising clinical activity, but the 1 and 3 hour-infusion schedules investigated were associated with a strong and irritating odor due to exhalation of one of its metabolites, 2-butanethiol. In an effort to achieve tolerability and achieve a drug exposure level necessary for biological activity, the current study was undertaken. While the maximally tolerated dose was estimated to be 300 mg/m(2) /24 h once a week as the 2-butanethiol expirate was tolerable at that dose level, no evidence of clinical activity was observed. Pharmacokinetic studies of the parent compound PX-12 demonstrated rapid, irreversible binding to plasma components, resulting in low (ng/ml) peak plasma concentrations of non-bound PX-12 during infusion. DCE-MRI was performed pre-and post-infusion in three patients. There were no significant trends observed in changes in plasma Trx-1, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), or beta fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) pre- or post-treatment. However, there was a trend for a decrease in circulating Trx-1 during the first four PX-12 treatment cycles in patients that had a Trx-1 baseline level >18 ng/mL. Aggregate clinical trial results suggest that further clinical development of PX-12, as an intravenous infusion, is not feasible. However, the Trx-1 pathway remains a target of interest in patients with gastrointestinal malignancies.
    Investigational New Drugs 06/2012; · 3.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/phosphatidylinositide-dependent protein kinase 1 (PDPK1)/Akt signaling plays a critical role in activating proliferation and survival pathways within cancer cells. We report the molecular pharmacology and antitumor activity of PHT-427, a compound designed to bind to the pleckstrin homology (PH) binding domain of signaling molecules important in cancer. Although originally designed to bind the PH domain of Akt, we now report that PHT-427 also binds to the PH domain of PDPK1. A series of PHT-427 analogues with variable C-4 to C-16 alkyl chain length were synthesized and tested. PHT-427 itself (C-12 chain) bound with the highest affinity to the PH domains of both PDPK1 and Akt. PHT-427 inhibited Akt and PDPK1 signaling and their downstream targets in sensitive but not resistant cells and tumor xenografts. When given orally, PHT-427 inhibited the growth of human tumor xenografts in immunodeficient mice, with up to 80% inhibition in the most sensitive tumors, and showed greater activity than analogues with C4, C6, or C8 alkyl chains. Inhibition of PDPK1 was more closely correlated to antitumor activity than Akt inhibition. Tumors with PIK3CA mutation were the most sensitive, and K-Ras mutant tumors were the least sensitive. Combination studies showed that PHT-427 has greater than additive antitumor activity with paclitaxel in breast cancer and with erlotinib in non-small cell lung cancer. When given >5 days, PHT-427 caused no weight loss or change in blood chemistry. Thus, we report a novel PH domain binding inhibitor of PDPK1/Akt signaling with significant in vivo antitumor activity and minimal toxicity.
    Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 03/2010; 9(3):706-17. · 5.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt oncogenic pathway is critical in glioblastomas. Loss of PTEN, a negative regulator of the PI3K pathway or activated PI3K/Akt pathway that drive increased proliferation, survival, neovascularization, glycolysis, and invasion is found in 70%-80% of malignant gliomas. Thus, PI3K is an attractive therapeutic target for malignant glioma. We report that a new irreversible PI3K inhibitor, PX-866, shows potent inhibitory effects on the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in glioblastoma. PX-866 did not induce any apoptosis in glioma cells; however, an increase in autophagy was observed. PX-866 inhibited the invasive and angiogenic capabilities of cultured glioblastoma cells. In vivo, PX-866 inhibited subcutaneous tumor growth and increased the median survival time of animals with intracranial tumors. We also assessed the potential of proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) as a noninvasive method to monitor response to PX-866. Our findings show that PX-866 treatment causes a drop in the MRS-detectable choline-to-NAA, ratio and identify this partial normalization of the tumor metabolic profile as a biomarker of molecular drug action. Our studies affirm that the PI3K pathway is a highly specific molecular target for therapies for glioblastoma and other cancers with aberrant PI3K/PTEN expression.
    Neuro-Oncology 02/2010; 12(6):559-69. · 6.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: ChemInform is a weekly Abstracting Service, delivering concise information at a glance that was extracted from about 100 leading journals. To access a ChemInform Abstract of an article which was published elsewhere, please select a “Full Text” option. The original article is trackable via the “References” option.
    ChemInform 01/2010; 26(3).
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    ABSTRACT: The novel phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor PX-866 was tested against 13 experimental human tumor xenografts derived from cell lines of various tissue origins. Mutant PI3K (PIK3CA) and loss of PTEN activity were sufficient, but not necessary, as predictors of sensitivity to the antitumor activity of the PI3K inhibitor PX-866 in the presence of wild-type Ras, whereas mutant oncogenic Ras was a dominant determinant of resistance, even in tumors with coexisting mutations in PIK3CA. The level of activation of PI3K signaling measured by tumor phosphorylated Ser(473)-Akt was insufficient to predict in vivo antitumor response to PX-866. Reverse-phase protein array revealed that the Ras-dependent downstream targets c-Myc and cyclin B were elevated in cell lines resistant to PX-866 in vivo. Studies using an H-Ras construct to constitutively and preferentially activate the three best-defined downstream targets of Ras, i.e., Raf, RalGDS, and PI3K, showed that mutant Ras mediates resistance through its ability to use multiple pathways for tumorigenesis. The identification of Ras and downstream signaling pathways driving resistance to PI3K inhibition might serve as an important guide for patient selection as inhibitors enter clinical trials and for the development of rational combinations with other molecularly targeted agents.
    Cancer Research 02/2009; 69(1):143-50. · 9.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have reported previously that PX-478 (S-2-amino-3-[4'-N,N,-bis(chloroethyl)amino]phenyl propionic acid N-oxide dihydrochloride) has potent antitumor activity against a variety of human tumor xenografts associated with the levels of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha (HIF-1alpha) within the tumor. We now report that PX-478 inhibits HIF-1alpha protein levels and transactivation in a variety of cancer cell lines. Hypoxia-induced vascular endothelial growth factor formation was inhibited by PX-478, whereas baseline levels of vascular endothelial growth factor in normoxia were unaffected. Studies of the mechanism of PX-478 action showed that HIF-1alpha inhibition occurs in both normoxia and hypoxia and does not require pVHL or p53. In addition, PX-478 decreases levels of HIF-1alpha mRNA and inhibits translation as determined by 35S labeling experiments and reporter assays using the 5' untranslated region of HIF-1alpha. Moreover, to a lesser extent, PX-478 also inhibits HIF-1alpha deubiquitination resulting in increased levels of polyubiquitinated HIF-1alpha. The inhibitory effect of PX-478 on HIF-1alpha levels is primarily due to its inhibition of translation because HIF-1alpha translation continues in hypoxia when translation of most proteins is decreased. We conclude that PX-478 inhibits HIF-1alpha at multiple levels that together or individually may contribute to its antitumor activity against HIF-1alpha-expressing tumors.
    Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 02/2008; 7(1):90-100. · 5.60 Impact Factor
  • Ejc Supplements - EJC SUPPL. 01/2008; 6(12):36-36.
  • Garth Powis, D Lynn Kirkpatrick
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin (Trx) family members play critical roles in the regulation of cellular redox homeostasis. Cancer cells exist in a stressed environment and rely on the Trxs for protection against stress-disregulated redox signaling. The most extensively studied member of the family is Trx-1 whose levels are increased in many human cancers most likely in direct response to stress. Trx-1 contributes to many of the hallmarks of cancer including increased proliferation, resistance to cell death and increased angiogenesis. Trx-1 is a validated cancer drug target associated with aggressive tumor growth, resistance to standard therapy and decreased patient survival. A surrogate target for Trx-1 may be thioredoxin reductase (TR). Drugs that inhibit Trx-1 and TR are in clinical development with early promising results.
    Current Opinion in Pharmacology 09/2007; 7(4):392-7. · 5.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) is a cellular redox protein that promotes tumor growth, inhibits apoptosis, and up-regulates hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha and vascular endothelial growth factor. Objectives of this study were to determine safety, tolerability, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics of PX-12, a small-molecule inhibitor of Trx-1. Thirty-eight patients with advanced solid tumors received PX-12 at doses of 9 to 300 mg/m(2), as a 1- or 3-h i.v. infusion on days 1 to 5, repeated every 3 weeks. At the 300 mg/m(2) dose level, one patient experienced a reversible episode of pneumonitis during the first cycle, and a second patient developed pneumonitis after the second cycle. Doses up to 226 mg/m(2) were well tolerated, and grade 3/4 events were uncommon (<3% of patients). The limiting factor on this dosing schedule was pungent odor caused by expired drug metabolite, 2-butanethiol. The best response was stable disease in seven patients (126-332 days). Whereas PX-12 was not detectable following the infusion, the C(max) of its inactive metabolite, 2-mercaptoimidazole, increased linearly with dose. PX-12 treatment lowered plasma Trx-1 concentrations in a dose-dependent manner. PX-12, the first Trx-1 inhibitor to enter clinical trials, was tolerated up to a dose of 226 mg/m(2) by a 3-h infusion. Based on pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic data, a trial of prolonged infusion schedule of PX-12 has been initiated.
    Clinical Cancer Research 04/2007; 13(7):2109-14. · 7.84 Impact Factor
  • Garth Powis, Nathan Ihle, D Lynn Kirkpatrick
    Clinical Cancer Research 06/2006; 12(10):2964-6. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The cytosolic thioredoxin redox system composed of thioredoxin-1 and the NADPH-dependent thioredoxin reductase-1 reductase is an important regulator of cell growth and survival. Thioredoxin-1 is overexpressed in many human tumors where it is associated with increased cell proliferation, decreased apoptosis, and decreased patient survival. We hypothesized that thioredoxin reductase-1 provides a target to inhibit the activity of overexpressed thioredoxin-1 for the development of novel anticancer agents. We found that the naphthoquinone spiroketal fungal metabolite palmarumycin CP1 is a potent inhibitor of thioredoxin reductase-1, but attempts to exploit the activity of palmarumycin CP1 analogues as antitumor agents in vivo were hampered by their insolubility. We have therefore developed PX-916, a water-soluble prodrug of a palmarumycin CP1 analogue. PX-916 rapidly releases the parent compound at physiologic pH and in plasma but is stable at acid pH, allowing its i.v. administration. PX-916 is a potent inhibitor of purified human thioredoxin reductase-1 and of thioredoxin reductase-1 activity in cells and tumor xenografts when given to mice and inhibits the downstream targets of thioredoxin-1 signaling, hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha, and vascular endothelial growth factor in tumors. PX-916 showed excellent antitumor activity against several animal tumor models with some cures. Thus, the study shows that water-soluble inhibitors of thioredoxin reductase-1, such as PX-916, can block thioredoxin-1 signaling in tumors producing marked inhibition of tumor growth.
    Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 04/2006; 5(3):630-6. · 5.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) is a small redox protein that is overexpressed in many human tumors, where it is associated with aggressive tumor growth and decreased patient survival. Trx-1 is secreted by tumor cells and is present at increased levels in the plasma of cancer patients. PX-12 is an irreversible inhibitor of Trx-1 currently in clinical development as an antitumor agent. We have used SELDI-TOF mass spectroscopy to measure plasma Trx-1 from patients treated with PX-12 during a phase I study. Mean plasma Trx-1 levels at pretreatment were significantly elevated in the cancer patients at 182.0 ng/mL compared with 27.1 ng/mL in plasma from healthy volunteers. PX-12 treatment significantly lowered plasma Trx-1 in cancer patients having the highest plasma Trx-1 pretreatment levels. High-plasma vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels have been correlated to decreased patient survival. PX-12 treatment also significantly lowered plasma VEGF levels in cancer patients with high pretreatment VEGF levels. SELDI-TOF mass spectrometry identified seven additional plasma proteins whose levels decreased after PX-12 administration, one of which was identified as a truncated form of transthyretin. The results of this study suggest that the lowering of elevated levels of plasma Trx-1 in cancer patients may provide a surrogate for the inhibition of tumor Trx-1 by PX-12. Furthermore, PX-12 decreases plasma VEGF levels that may contribute to the antitumor activity of PX-12.
    Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine 03/2006; 147(2):83-90. · 2.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors such as gefitinib show antitumor activity in a subset of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients having mutated EGFR. Recent work shows that phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3-K) is coupled to the EGFR only in NSCLC cell lines expressing ErbB-3 and that EGFR inhibitors do not inhibit PI3-K signaling in these cells. The central role PI3-K plays in cell survival suggests that a PI3-K inhibitor offers a strategy to increase the antitumor activity of EGFR inhibitors in resistant NSCL tumors that do not express ErbB-3. We show that PX-866, a PI3-K inhibitor with selectivity for p110alpha, potentiates the antitumor activity of gefitinib against even large A-549 NSCL xenografts giving complete tumor growth control in the early stages of treatment. A-549 xenograft phospho-Akt was inhibited by PX-866 but not by gefitinib. A major toxicity of PX-866 administration was hyperglycemia with decreased glucose tolerance, which was reversed upon cessation of treatment. The decreased glucose tolerance caused by PX-866 was insensitive to the AMP-activated protein kinase inhibitor metformin but reversed by insulin and by the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma activator pioglitazone. Prolonged PX-866 administration also caused increased neutrophil counts. Thus, PX-866, by inhibiting PI3-K signaling, may have clinical use in increasing the response to EGFR inhibitors such as gefitinib in patients with NSCLC and possibly in other cancers who do not respond to EGFR inhibition.
    Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 10/2005; 4(9):1349-57. · 5.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a transcription factor that plays a critical role in tumor growth by increasing resistance to apoptosis and the production of angiogenic factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). HIF-1 is a heterodimer comprised of oxygen-regulated HIF-1alpha and constitutively expressed HIF-1beta subunits. The redox protein thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1), which is found at high levels in many human cancers, increases both aerobic and hypoxia-induced HIF-1alpha protein in cells leading to increased expression of HIF-regulated genes. We have investigated whether two cancer drugs that inhibit Trx-1 signaling, PX-12 (1-methylpropyl 2-imidazolyl disulfide) and pleurotin, decrease HIF-1alpha protein levels and the expression of downstream target genes. Treatment of MCF-7 human breast cancer and HT-29 human colon carcinoma cells with PX-12 and pleurotin prevented the hypoxia (1% oxygen)-induced increase in HIF-1alpha protein. HIF-1-trans-activating activity, VEGF formation, and inducible nitric oxide synthase were also decreased by treatment with PX-12 and pleurotin under hypoxic conditions. PX-12 and pleurotin also decreased HIF-1alpha protein levels and HIF-1 trans-activation in RCC4 renal cell carcinoma cells that constitutively overexpress HIF-1alpha protein because of loss of the pVHL gene, indicating that HIF-1alpha is inhibited independently of the pVHL pathway. HIF-1alpha and VEGF protein levels in MCF-7 tumor xenografts in vivo were decreased by PX-12 treatment of mice. The results suggest that inhibition of HIF-1alpha by Trx-1 inhibitors may contribute to the growth inhibitory and antitumor activity of these agents.
    Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 04/2003; 2(3):235-43. · 5.60 Impact Factor
  • D L Kirkpatrick, S Watson, M Kunkel, S Fletcher, S Ulhaq, G Powis
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    ABSTRACT: We have reported previously that unsymmetrical disulfide inhibitors of the human thioredoxin/thioredoxin reductase redox system (hTrx/TR) possess antitumor activity. We have broadened the search for more potent inhibitors and evaluated a large range of mono- and bis-disulfide compounds, prepared using parallel syntheses. Reaction of isothioisourea-HCI salts (R') or bis-salts (R) with aromatic or aryl thiols (R") in wells of 96-well plates produced >450 derivatives with the structures R"SSR' and R"SSRSSR". The excellent yield and purity of the disulfides provided sufficient material for evaluations of enzyme inhibition and cytotoxicity. Selection criteria based on the IC50 values for hTrx/TR inhibition and for cytotoxicities of the disulfides identified agents for subsequent scale-up syntheses and in vivo evaluations of antitumor activity. These scale-up studies confirmed the original activities of agents synthesized in the plates and validated the parallel synthetic approach. Structure-activity information derived from the hTrx/TR IC50 data allow for a number of generalizations. The most potent inhibitors of the Trx system contained two heteroatoms ortho to the disulfide moiety in an aromatic functionality. The thioalkylating moieties had greatest activity with one branch point alpha to the disulfide. In the absence of branching, more potent inhibition was observed with the electron withdrawing functionalities. Bis-disulfides showed patterns of activity which depended on chain length, with optimum activity observed when the disulfide units were separated by 3.9 A, a similar distance to that separating the thioredoxin active site cysteine residues. From the agents selected for scale-up syntheses, three disulfide compounds were studied for their antitumor activity in vivo against human tumor xenografts in scid mice. One of the analogues discovered through the combinatorial syntheses/screening for Trx inhibition, 1-phenylethyl 2-imidazolyl disulfide, N1 (ProlX agent PX-C5), has demonstrated excellent in vivo activity against the MCF-7 human breast cancer and the HL-60 human leukemia, thus validating this approach for novel drug discovery.
    Anti-cancer drug design 10/1999; 14(5):421-32. · 2.38 Impact Factor
  • D L Kirkpatrick, S Watson, S Ulhaq
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    ABSTRACT: Drug discovery efforts are shifting to include the rapid synthetic procedures of combinatorial chemistry and the elegance of rational library design. The wealth of computational methods which explore both the receptor structure and the ultimate pharmacophore complementarity, provide novel avenues for chemists to discover new lead compounds or design virtual libraries for screening prior to the synthetic stage. This mini-review provides an overview of a few current methodologies of library generation, highlighting docking procedures which have utility in both the discovery and optimization stages of drug development. Three specific examples of different approaches to the use of docking are provided. These describe the development of inhibitors to the human A3 adenosine receptor and HIV-1 protease, and the evaluation of the activity of novel inhibitors of the redox regulator protein, human thioredoxin.
    Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening 09/1999; 2(4):211-21. · 2.00 Impact Factor
  • G Powis, D L Kirkpatrick, M Angulo, A Baker
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin is a redox protein found over-expressed in some human tumors. Thioredoxin is secreted by tumor cells and stimulates cancer cell growth. Redox activity is essential for growth stimulation by thioredoxin. Cells transfected with thioredoxin cDNA show increased tumor growth and decreased apoptosis in vivo and decreased sensitivity to apoptosis induced by a variety of agents both in vitro and in vivo. Cells transfected with a redox-inactive mutant thioredoxin show inhibited tumor growth in vivo. Thus, thioredoxin offers an attractive target for anticancer drug development. A class of disulfide inhibitors of thioredoxin has been identified. These disulfides inhibit cancer cell growth in culture and have antitumor activity against some human tumor xenografts in animals.
    Chemico-Biological Interactions 05/1998; 111-112:23-34. · 2.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The interactions of a series of 2-imidazolyl disulfide antitumor compounds with the thioredoxin reductase(TR)/thioredoxin (hTrx) redox system have been studied. Disulfides III-2 (n-butyl 2-mercaptoimidazolyl disulfide) and VI-2 (ethyl 2-mercaptoimidazolyl disulfide) were substrates for reduction by TR with Km values of 43 and 48 microM. Disulfides IV-2 (1-methylpropyl 2-mercaptoimidazolyl disulfide) and DLK-36 (benzyl 2-mercaptoimidazolyl disulfide) were competitive inhibitors of the reduction of hTrx by TR with Ki values of 31 microM. None of the disulfides were substrates for reduction by human glutathione reductase. The disulfides caused reversible thioalkylation of hTrx at the redox catalytic site as shown by the fact that there was no thioalkylation of a mutant hTrx where both the catalytic site Cys32 and Cys35 residues were replaced by Ser. In addition, the disulfides caused a slower irreversible inactivation of hTrx as a substrate for reduction by TR, with half-lives for III-2 of 30 min, for IV-2 of 4 hr, and for IX-2 (t-butyl 2-mercaptoimidazolyl disulfide) of 24 hr. This irreversible inactivation of hTrx occurred at concentrations of the disulfides an order of magnitude below those that inhibited TR, and involved the Cys73 of hTrx, which is outside the conserved redox catalytic site, as shown by the resistance to inactivation of a mutant hTrx where Cys73 was replaced by Ser. Electrophoretic and mass spectral analyses of the products of the reaction between the disulfides and hTrx show that modification of 1-3 Cys residues of the protein occurred in a concentration-dependent fashion. The disulfides inhibited the hTrx-dependent proliferation of MCF-7 breast cancer cells with IC50 values for III-2 and IV-2 of 0.2 and 1.2 microM, respectively. The results show that although the catalytic sites of TR and hTrx are reversibly inhibited by the 2-imidazolyl disulfides, it is the irreversible thioalkylation of Cys73 of hTrx by the disulfides that most probably accounts for the inhibition of thioredoxin-dependent cell growth by the disulfides.
    Biochemical Pharmacology 05/1998; 55(7):987-94. · 4.58 Impact Factor
  • M W Kunkel, D L Kirkpatrick, J I Johnson, G Powis
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    ABSTRACT: We have used a cell line-directed screening approach (CDSA) to identify novel inhibitors of the thioredoxin reductase signaling pathway which contributes to the transformed phenotype of some human tumors. Two 2-imidazolyl disulfide compounds, previously identified as inhibitors of thioredoxin reductase, were screened for growth inhibitory activity in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) human cancer cell line panel. The COMPARE pattern recognition algorithm was used to identify similar compounds from > 60,000 compounds in the NCI investigational drug database. Of 47 nondiscreet compounds tested in a thioredoxin reductase/thioredoxin insulin reduction assay, 37 (77%) were inhibitors with IC50s < or = 10 micrograms/ml and 15 of those (32%) had IC50s < or = 1 microgram/ml. These compounds were all as selective or more selective for thioredoxin reductase than for glutathione reductase, while three compounds were inhibitors of thioredoxin. In comparison to CDSA, the number of compounds with IC50s < or = 1 microgram/ml identified by screening of 52 compounds from the database whose growth inhibiting activity was unrelated to the activity of the disulfide compounds was only 2%. Screening of 221 randomly selected natural products gave only 3% of compounds with IC50s < or = 1 microgram/ml. Thus, the CDSA using data from the NCI cancer cell panel and known inhibitors of the selected target as seed compounds can greatly increase hit rates, compared with random screening, for identifying novel inhibitors of a target, in this case thioredoxin signaling.
    Anti-cancer drug design 12/1997; 12(8):659-70. · 2.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thioredoxin is a redox protein found overexpressed in some human tumors. Thioredoxin is secreted by tumor cells and enhances the sensitivity of the cancer cells to other growth factors. Redox activity is essential for stimulation of cell growth by thioredoxin. Cells transfected with thioredoxin cDNA show increased tumor growth and decreased apoptosis in vivo and decreased sensitivity to apoptosis induced by a variety of agents both in vitro and in vivo. Cells transfected with a redox-inactive mutant thioredoxin show inhibited tumor growth in vivo. Dietary selenium has been shown to prevent some forms of human cancer. Selenocysteine is an essential component of thioredoxin reductase, the flavoenzyme that is responsible for the reduction of thioredoxin. Selenium added to the culture medium increases thioredoxin reductase activity due to an increase in thioredoxin reductase protein but mostly due to an increase in the specific activity of the enzyme. Some diaryl chalcogenide (selenium and tellurium) compounds have been studied as inhibitors of thioredoxin reductase. The most active were diaryl tellurium compounds, which were noncompetitive inhibitors of thioredoxin reductase with Ki values of 2-10 microM. Several of the compounds inhibited cancer cell colony formation in vitro with IC50s as low as 2 microM.
    Oncology Research Featuring Preclinical and Clinical Cancer Therapeutics 02/1997; 9(6-7):303-12. · 1.63 Impact Factor

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828 Citations
110.76 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2005–2010
    • The University of Arizona
      • Cancer Center
      Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • 1990–2010
    • University of Saskatchewan
      • Department of Chemistry
      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 2008
    • University of Houston
      Houston, Texas, United States
  • 2006–2007
    • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
      • Department of Experimental Therapeutics
      Houston, TX, United States
  • 2003
    • Arizona Research Center
      Phoenix, Arizona, United States
  • 1990–1999
    • University of Regina
      • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
      Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada