Abstract 3745: The dual PI3K/mTOR inhibitor NVP-BEZ235 is a potent inhibitor of ATM- and DNA-PKcs-mediated DNA damage responses

Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390, USA.
Neoplasia (New York, N.Y.) (Impact Factor: 4.25). 06/2012; 14(1):34-43. DOI: 10.1158/1538-7445.AM2012-3745
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Inhibitors of PI3K/Akt signaling are being actively developed for tumor therapy owing to the frequent mutational activation of the PI3K-Akt-mTORC1 pathway in many cancers, including glioblastomas (GBMs). NVP-BEZ235 is a novel and potent dual PI3K/mTOR inhibitor that is currently in phase 1/2 clinical trials for advanced solid tumors. Here, we show that NVP-BEZ235 also potently inhibits ATM and DNA-PKcs, the two major kinases responding to ionizing radiation (IR)-induced DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). Consequently, NVP-BEZ235 blocks both nonhomologous end joining and homologous recombination DNA repair pathways resulting in significant attenuation of DSB repair. In addition, phosphorylation of ATMtargets and implementation of the G(2)/M cell cycle checkpoint are also attenuated by this drug. As a result, NVP-BEZ235 confers an extreme degree of radiosensitization and impairs DSB repair in a panel of GBM cell lines irrespective of their Akt activation status. NVP-BEZ235 also significantly impairs DSB repair in a mouse tumor model thereby validating the efficacy of this drug as a DNA repair inhibitor in vivo. Our results, showing that NVP-BEZ235 is a potent and novel inhibitor of ATM and DNA-PKcs, have important implications for the informed and rational design of clinical trials involving this drug and also reveal the potential utility of NVP-BEZ235 as an effective radiosensitizer for GBMs in the clinic.

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    • "However it is more difficult to determine to what extent alleviation of hypoxia accounts for these results, because these inhibitors also sensitize cells to DNA damage under oxic conditions. Inhibition of PI3K reduces DNA damage repair, but BEZ235 also has off-target effects of inhibition of ATR and DNA-PK [29]. Fokas et al. attempted to separate the effects on tumor oxygenation from cell-specific effects by administering the drug BEZ235 immediately before tumor radiation, when it still altered tumor signaling but before the more prolonged changes of hypoxia associated with extended preincubation had occurred. "
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    • "BEZ235 has been shown to radiosensitize tumors of various tissues, including glioblastomas, fibrosarcomas, and NCSLC cell lines harboring K-RAS mutations [36–38]. BEZ235 also normalizes tumor vasculature in xenograft experiments, leading to improved tumor perfusion, oxygenation, and responses to radiotherapy [36]. "
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    • "Recently, NVP-BEZ235 also emerged as inhibitor of ATM and DNA-PK at low concentration (100 nM). In this context, treatment with NVP-BEZ235 may have significant radio sensitizing effects with important implications in the rational design of clinical trials (Mukherjee et al., 2012). At present, this molecule is under evaluation in phase I/II clinical trials in patients with advanced solid malignancies, including GBM (Salkeni et al., 2012), breast, renal cell carcinoma (RCC), castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), endometrial carcinoma, and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (see text footnote 2), alone or in combination with other drugs such as Paclitaxel, Trastuzumab, Everolimus, and MEK162. "
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