Oncogenic KIT signaling and therapeutic intervention in a mouse model of gastrointestinal stromal tumor

Department of Developmental Biology, Computational Biology Center, and Molecular Cytology Facility, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, NY 10021, USA.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.67). 09/2006; 103(34):12843-8. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0511076103
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Kit receptor-activating mutations are critical in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). We investigated mechanisms of oncogenic Kit signaling and the consequences of therapeutic intervention in a mouse model of human GIST. Treatment of GIST mice with imatinib decreased cell proliferation and increased apoptosis in the tumor. Analysis of tumor tissue from imatinib-treated mice showed diminished phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-kinase) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling suggesting that oncogenic Kit signaling critically contributes to the translational response in GIST. Treatment with RAD001 (everolimus), an mTOR inhibitor, diminished the translational response and cell proliferation in tumor lesions, pointing to mTOR inhibition as a therapeutic approach for imatinib-resistant GIST. Analysis of RNA expression profiles in GIST lesions with and without imatinib treatment showed changes in expression of IFN-inducible genes and cell cycle regulators. These results convincingly show that KitV558Delta/+ mice represent a unique faithful mouse model of human familial GIST, and they demonstrate the utility of these mice for preclinical investigations and to elucidate oncogenic signaling mechanisms by using genetic approaches and targeted pharmacological intervention.

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    • ". In addition, we have also added to the grading system the area with myxoid degeneration, which is characterized by the replacement of viable tumor tissue by an amorphous matrix with low cellularity as a pattern of response to TKI treatment observed [21]. Mitotic figures and apoptotic cells were counted in 10 high power fields (0.45-mm field diameter) at × 400 magnification on H&E staining. "
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