The Molecular Chaperone GRP78/BiP in the Development of Chemoresistance: Mechanism and Possible Treatment

Institute of Toxicology and Genetics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany.
Frontiers in Pharmacology (Impact Factor: 3.8). 02/2013; 4:10. DOI: 10.3389/fphar.2013.00010
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Treatment of several types of cancer such as lung, breast, prostate, and pancreas has shown notable progresses in the past decades. However, after an initial response, tumors eventually became resistant to chemotherapy. This phenomenon, known as chemoresistance, accounts for the death of most cancer patients. Several studies in patients refractory to therapy have revealed the upregulation of the molecular chaperone GRP78/Binding Protein, BiP (BiP) both at the RNA and protein expression level. Furthermore GRP78/BiP relocates to the cell membrane in malignant but not in benign cells. In this communication we review studies on the role and the mechanism of action of GRP78/BiP during development of chemoresistance in cancer cells. In addition we discuss the possible role of GRP78 as a biomarker and as a target in cancer therapy.

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    • "ER stress signaling is mediated by three proximal sensors, PERK, the IRE1 (inositol-requiring protein 1) / XBP1 (X-box binding protein 1) system and ATF6 (activating transcription factor 6). GRP78 plays a key role in regulating the ER stress response; under resting conditions the majority of GRP78 is associated with PERK and IRE1 and keeps these proteins in an inactive state (Gorbatyuk et al, 2013; Roller and Maddalo, 2013; Rao et al, 2012). GRP78, as a chaperone, also plays an important role in the protein folding processes that occur in the ER including during cancer, liver disease and virus replication. "
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    • "These finding together with the work described in this communication identify Bag5 as a gene whose expression is regulated by chemotherapeutic drugs and an anti-apoptotic gene. In addition we showed that Bag5 interacts with the molecular chaperone GRP78/BiP, often found overexpressed in chemoresistant tumors (reviewed in [46]). Downregulating Bag5 levels and/or interfering with Bag5-GRP78/BiP interaction could therefore represent a novel therapeutic approach to overcame chemoresistance and to treat late stage tumors. "
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