Philip J Tofilon

National Institutes of Health, 베서스다, Maryland, United States

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    Barbara H Rath · Amy Wahba · Kevin Camphausen · Philip J Tofilon
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    ABSTRACT: Toward developing a model system for investigating the role of the microenvironment in the radioresistance of glioblastoma (GBM), human glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs) were grown in coculture with human astrocytes. Using a trans-well assay, survival analyses showed that astrocytes significantly decreased the radiosensitivity of GSCs compared to standard culture conditions. In addition, when irradiated in coculture, the initial level of radiation-induced γH2AX foci in GSCs was reduced and foci dispersal was enhanced suggesting that the presence of astrocytes influenced the induction and repair of DNA double-strand breaks. These data indicate that astrocytes can decrease the radiosensitivity of GSCs in vitro via a paracrine-based mechanism and further support a role for the microenvironment as a determinant of GBM radioresponse. Chemokine profiling of coculture media identified a number of bioactive molecules not present under standard culture conditions. The gene expression profiles of GSCs grown in coculture were significantly different as compared to GSCs grown alone. These analyses were consistent with an astrocyte-mediated modification in GSC phenotype and, moreover, suggested a number of potential targets for GSC radiosensitization that were unique to coculture conditions. Along these lines, STAT3 was activated in GSCs grown with astrocytes; the JAK/STAT3 inhibitor WP1066 enhanced the radiosensitivity of GSCs under coculture conditions and when grown as orthotopic xenografts. Further, this coculture system may also provide an approach for identifying additional targets for GBM radiosensitization.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2015 · Cancer Medicine
  • Amy Wahba · Barbara H. Rath · Kevin Camphausen · Philip J. Tofilon

    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Cancer Research

  • No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Cancer Research
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    ABSTRACT: Valproic acid (VPA) is an antiepileptic agent with histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) activity shown to sensitize glioblastoma (GBM) cells to radiation in preclinical models. We evaluated the addition of VPA to standard radiation therapy (RT) plus temozolomide (TMZ) in patients with newly diagnosed GBM. Thirty-seven patients with newly diagnosed GBM were enrolled between July 2006 and April 2013. Patients received VPA, 25 mg/kg orally, divided into 2 daily doses concurrent with RT and TMZ. The first dose of VPA was given 1 week before the first day of RT at 10 to 15 mg/kg/day and subsequently increased up to 25 mg/kg/day over the week prior to radiation. VPA- and TMZ-related acute toxicities were evaluated using Common Toxicity Criteria version 3.0 (National Cancer Institute Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program) and Cancer Radiation Morbidity Scoring Scheme for toxicity and adverse event reporting (Radiation Therapy Oncology Group/European Organization for Research and Treatment). A total of 81% of patients took VPA according to protocol. Median overall survival (OS) was 29.6 months (range: 21-63.8 months), and median progression-free survival (PFS) was 10.5 months (range: 6.8-51.2 months). OS at 6, 12, and 24 months was 97%, 86%, and 56%, respectively. PFS at 6, 12, and 24 months was 70%, 43%, and 38% respectively. The most common grade 3/4 toxicities of VPA in conjunction with RT/TMZ therapy were blood and bone marrow toxicity (32%), neurological toxicity (11%), and metabolic and laboratory toxicity (8%). Younger age and class V recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) results were significant for both OS and PFS. VPA levels were not correlated with grade 3 or 4 toxicity levels. Addition of VPA to concurrent RT/TMZ in patients with newly diagnosed GBM was well tolerated. Additionally, VPA may result in improved outcomes compared to historical data and merits further study. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
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    ABSTRACT: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) continues to be the most frequently diagnosed and lethal primary brain tumor. Adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy remains the standard of care following surgical resection. In this study, using reverse phase protein arrays (RPPAs), we assessed the biological effects of radiation on signaling pathways to identify potential radiosensitizing molecular targets. We examined levels of 172 phosphorylated and non-phosphorylated proteins under conditions of Ionizing radiation (IR) in patient derived GBM stem cells and established U251, U87 GBM cell lines in vitro and in an in vivo orthotropic mouse model. We identified subsets of proteins with clearly concordant/discordant behavior between GBM cells in vitro and in vivo. In general, molecules involved in anti-apoptotic, cell-cycle, survival pathways, tumor metastasis and DNA repair were affected. Comparing in vivo and in vitro samples after IR, 9 proteins were commonly elevated; phospho(p)-STAT3, CDC2, CyclinB1, BAX, pEIF4BP1, pAKT, pRB, pMEK1, and FOXM1. Conversely, 4 other proteins were commonly decreased; pPRKCA, pPRKCD, pNDRG1 and pRPS6. Recent evidence of FOXM1 as a master regulator of metastasis and its important role in maintaining neural, progenitor, and GBM stem cells intrigued us to validate it as a radiosensitizing target. We show high expression of FOXM1 across different patient derived stem cells. When GBM stem cells (NSC11, GBAM1) were differentiated in serum, we observed a decrease in FOXM1 levels, attaining more differentiation markers. In both differentiated and un-differentiated GBM stem cells, treatment with IR resulted in an increase of FOXM1 expression. However, inhibition of FOXM1 was only seen to have an effect on un-differentiated GBM stem cells, and resulted in reduced cell viability, a significant reduction in clonogenicity, and anchorage-independent growth, along with enhanced radiosenstivity with IR. Importantly, the combination of IR with FOXM1 inhibition showed these same effects irrespective of serum-differentiation. These results clearly suggest, inhibition of FOXM1 leads to radiosensitization. Since GBM stem cells, which comprise a subpopulation of tumor cells, maybe responsible for therapeutic resistance, we show that FOXM1 inhibition stands as a potential cancer stem-cell specific chemo-radio therapeutic target for GBM. Citation Format: Uday Bhanu Maachani, Anita T. Tandle, Uma Shankavaram, Tamalee Meushaw, Philip J. Tofilon, Kevin A. Camphausen. Profiling signaling networks using reverse phase protein arrays: validating FOXM1 as a potential target to radiosensitize glioblastoma (GBM) stem cells. [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; 2014 Apr 5-9; San Diego, CA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2014;74(19 Suppl):Abstract nr 849. doi:10.1158/1538-7445.AM2014-849
    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Cancer Research
  • Anita T. Tandle · Philip Tofilon · Kevin Camphausen

    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Cancer Research
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    ABSTRACT: Background The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) has been suggested as a target for radiosensitization. Given that radiotherapy is a primary treatment modality for glioblastoma (GBM) and that mTOR is often dysregulated in GBM, the goal of this study was to determine the effects of AZD2014, a dual mTORC1/2 inhibitor, on the radiosensitivity of GBM stem-like cells (GSCs).MethodsmTORC1 and mTORC2 activities were defined by immunoblot analysis. The effects of this mTOR inhibitor on the in vitro radiosensitivity of GSCs were determined using a clonogenic assay. DNA double strand breaks were evaluated according to γH2AX foci. Orthotopic xenografts initiated from GSCs were used to define the in vivo response to AZD2014 and radiation.ResultsExposure of GSCs to AZD2014 resulted in the inhibition of mTORC1 and 2 activities. Based on clonogenic survival analysis, addition of AZD2014 to culture media 1 hour before irradiation enhanced the radiosensitivity of CD133+ and CD15+ GSC cell lines. Whereas AZD2014 treatment had no effect on the initial level of γH2AX foci, the dispersal of radiation-induced γH2AX foci was significantly delayed. Finally, the combination of AZD2014 and radiation delivered to mice bearing GSC-initiated orthotopic xenografts significantly prolonged survival as compared with the individual treatments.Conclusions These data indicate that AZD2014 enhances the radiosensitivity of GSCs both in vitro and under orthotopic in vivo conditions and suggest that this effect involves an inhibition of DNA repair. Moreover, these results suggest that this dual mTORC1/2 inhibitor may be a radiosensitizer applicable to GBM therapy.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2013 · Neuro-Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Exosomes are nanometer-sized lipid vesicles released ubiquitously by cells, which have been shown to have a normal physiological role, as well as influence the tumor microenvironment and aid metastasis. Recent studies highlight the ability of exosomes to convey tumor-suppressive and oncogenic mRNAs, microRNAs, and proteins to a receiving cell, subsequently activating downstream signaling pathways and influencing cellular phenotype. Here, we show that radiation increases the abundance of exosomes released by glioblastoma cells and normal astrocytes. Exosomes derived from irradiated cells enhanced the migration of recipient cells, and their molecular profiling revealed an abundance of molecules related to signaling pathways important for cell migration. In particular, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) mRNA and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 2 (IGFBP2) protein levels were elevated, and coculture of nonirradiated cells with exosomes isolated from irradiated cells increased CTGF protein expression in the recipient cells. Additionally, these exosomes enhanced the activation of neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor type 1 (TrkA), focal adhesion kinase, Paxillin, and proto-oncogene tyrosine-protein kinase Src (Src) in recipient cells, molecules involved in cell migration. Collectively, our data suggest that radiation influences exosome abundance, specifically alters their molecular composition, and on uptake, promotes a migratory phenotype.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2013 · Translational oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Radiotherapy remains a primary treatment modality for pancreatic carcinoma, a tumor characterized by aberrant mTOR activity. Given mTOR's regulatory role in gene translation, in this study we defined the effects of the clinically relevant, ATP-competitive mTOR inhibitor, INK128 on the radiosensitivity of pancreatic carcinoma cell lines. Clonogenic survival was used to determine the effects of INK128 on in vitro radiosensitivity on 3 pancreatic carcinoma cell lines and a normal fibroblast cell line with mTOR activity defined using immunoblots. DNA double strand breaks were evaluated according to γH2AX foci. The influence of INK128 on radiation-induced gene translation was determined by microarray analysis of polysome-bound mRNA. Leg tumor xenografts grown from pancreatic carcinoma cells were evaluated for mTOR activity, eIF4F cap complex formation and tumor growth delay. INK128, while inhibiting mTOR activity in each of the cell lines, enhanced the in vitro radiosensitivity of the pancreatic carcinoma cells, but had no effect on normal fibroblasts. The dispersal of radiation-induced γH2AX foci was inhibited in pancreatic carcinoma cells by INK128 as were radiation-induced changes in gene translation. Treatment of mice with INK128 resulted in an inhibition of mTOR activity as well as cap-complex formation in tumor xenografts. Whereas INK128 alone had no effect of tumor growth rate, it enhanced the tumor growth delay induced by single and fractionated doses of radiation. These results indicate that mTOR inhibition induced by INK128 enhances the radiosensitivity of pancreatic carcinoma cells and suggest that this effect involves the inhibition of DNA repair.
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  • No preview · Article · Oct 2013 · International Journal of Radiation OncologyBiologyPhysics

  • No preview · Article · Aug 2013 · Cancer Research
  • Barbara H. Rath · Kevin Camphausen · Philip J. Tofilon

    No preview · Article · Aug 2013 · Cancer Research
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    ABSTRACT: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common primary brain tumour in the United States of America (USA) with a median survival of approximately 14months. Low survival rates are attributable to the aggressiveness of GBM and a lack of understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying GBM. The disruption of signalling pathways regulated either directly or indirectly by protein kinases is frequently observed in cancer cells and thus the development of inhibitors of specific kinases has become a major focus of drug discovery in oncology. To identify protein kinases required for the survival of GBM we performed a siRNA-based RNAi screen focused on the human kinome in GBM. Inhibition of the polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) induced a reduction in the viability in two different GBM cell lines. To assess the potential of inhibiting PLK1 as a treatment strategy for GBM we examined the effects of a small molecule inhibitor of PLK1, GSK461364A, on the growth of GBM cells. PLK1 inhibition arrested cells in the mitotic phase of the cell cycle and induced cell kill by mitotic catastrophe. GBM engrafts treated with GSK461364A showed statistically significant inhibition of tumour growth. Further, exposure of different GBM cells to RNAi or GSK461364A prior to radiation resulted in an increase in their radiosensitivity with dose enhancement factor ranging from 1.40 to 1.53 with no effect on normal cells. As a measure of DNA double strand breaks, γH2AX levels were significantly higher in the combined modality as compared to the individual treatments. This study suggests that PLK1 is an important therapeutic target for GBM and can enhance radiosensitivity in GBM.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2013 · European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990)
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    ABSTRACT: The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a critical kinase in the regulation of gene translation and has been suggested as a potential target for radiosensitization. The goal of this study was to compare the radiosensitizing activities of the allosteric mTOR inhibitor rapamycin with that of the competitive mTOR inhibitor PP242. On the basis of immunoblot analyses, whereas rapamycin only partially inhibited mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) activity and had no effect on mTOR complex 2 (mTORC2), PP242 inhibited the activity of both mTOR-containing complexes. Irradiation alone had no effect on mTORC1 or mTORC2 activity. Clonogenic survival was used to define the effects of the mTOR inhibitors on in vitro radiosensitivity. In the two tumor cell lines evaluated, PP242 treatment 1 hour before irradiation increased radiosensitivity, whereas rapamycin had no effect. Addition of PP242 after irradiation also enhanced the radiosensitivity of both tumor lines. To investigate the mechanism of radiosensitization, the induction and repair of DNA double-strand breaks were evaluated according γH2AX foci. PP242 exposure did not influence the initial level of γH2AX foci after irradiation but did significantly delay the dispersal of radiation-induced γH2AX foci. In contrast to the tumor cell lines, the radiosensitivity of a normal human fibroblast cell line was not influenced by PP242. Finally, PP242 administration to mice bearing U251 xenografts enhanced radiation-induced tumor growth delay. These results indicate that in a preclinical tumor model PP242 enhances tumor cell radiosensitivity both in vitro and in vivo and suggest that this effect involves an inhibition of DNA repair.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2013 · Translational oncology
  • Thomas J. Hayman · Tamalee Kramp · Kevin Camphausen · Philip J. Tofilon

    No preview · Article · Apr 2013 · Cancer Research
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    ABSTRACT: Glioblastomas (GBMs) are characterized as highly invasive; the contribution of GBM stem-like cells (GSCs) to the invasive phenotype, however, has not been completely defined. Towards this end, we have defined the invasion potential of CD133+ GSCs and their differentiated CD133- counterparts grown under standard in vitro conditions and in co-culture with astrocytes. Using a trans-well assay, astrocytes or astrocyte conditioned media in the bottom chamber significantly increased the invasion of GSCs yet had no effect on CD133- cells. In addition, a monolayer invasion assay showed that the GSCs invaded farther into an astrocyte monolayer than their differentiated progeny. Gene expression profiles were generated from two GSC lines grown in trans-well culture with astrocytes in the bottom chamber or directly in contact with astrocyte monolayers. In each co-culture model, genes whose expression was commonly increased in both GSC lines involved cell movement and included a number of genes that have been previously associated with tumor cell invasion. Similar gene expression modifications were not detected in CD133- cells co-cultured under the same conditions with astrocytes. Finally, evaluation of the secretome of astrocytes grown in monolayer identified a number of chemokines and cytokines associated with tumor cell invasion. These data suggest that astrocytes enhance the invasion of CD133+ GSCs and provide additional support for a critical role of brain microenvironment in the regulation of GBM biology.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2013 · PLoS ONE
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    Jenna Kahn · Philip J Tofilon · Kevin Camphausen
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    ABSTRACT: As the incidence of cancer continues to rise, the use of radiotherapy has emerged as a leading treatment modality. Preclinical models in radiation oncology are essential tools for cancer research and therapeutics. Various model systems have been used to test radiation therapy, including in vitro cell culture assays as well as in vivo ectopic and orthotopic xenograft models. This review aims to describe such models, their advantages and disadvantages, particularly as they have been employed in the discovery of molecular targets for tumor radiosensitization. Ultimately, any model system must be judged by its utility in developing more effective cancer therapies, which is in turn dependent on its ability to simulate the biology of tumors as they exist in situ. Although every model has its limitations, each has played a significant role in preclinical testing. Continued advances in preclinical models will allow for the identification and application of targets for radiation in the clinic.
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    ABSTRACT: The increasing availability and maturity of DNA microarray technology has led to an explosion of cancer profiling studies for identifying cancer biomarkers, and predicting treatment response. Uncovering complex relationships, however, remains the most challenging task as it requires compiling and efficiently querying data from various sources. Here, we describe the Stress Response Array Profiler (StRAP), an open-source, web-based resource for storage, profiling, visualization, and sharing of cancer genomic data. StRAP houses multi-cancer microarray data with major emphasis on radiotherapy studies, and takes a systems biology approach towards the integration, comparison, and cross-validation of multiple cancer profiling studies. The database is a comprehensive platform for comparative analysis of gene expression data. For effective use of arrays, we provide user-friendly and interactive visualization tools that can display the data and query results. StRAP is web-based, platform-independent, and freely accessible at
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2012 · PLoS ONE
  • J. Kahn · T.J. Hayman · K. Camphausen · P.J. Tofilon

    No preview · Article · Nov 2012 · International Journal of Radiation OncologyBiologyPhysics
  • S.R. Doctrow · Marc Liesa · Simon Melov · O.S. Shirihai · Philip Tofilon

    No preview · Article · Aug 2012

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6k Citations
1,158.92 Total Impact Points


  • 2004-2015
    • National Institutes of Health
      • Branch of Radiation Oncology
      베서스다, Maryland, United States
  • 2003-2015
    • National Cancer Institute (USA)
      • Radiation Oncology Branch
      베서스다, Maryland, United States
  • 2005-2013
    • NCI-Frederick
      Фредерик, Maryland, United States
  • 2012
    • National Cancer Institute
      Μπογκοτά, Bogota D.C., Colombia
  • 2006-2011
    • University of South Florida
      Tampa, Florida, United States
  • 2008-2010
    • Moffitt Cancer Center
      • Department of Drug Discovery
      Tampa, Florida, United States
  • 1982-2005
    • University of California, San Francisco
      • • Department of Neurological Surgery
      • • Division of Hospital Medicine
      San Francisco, California, United States
  • 1997-2002
    • University of Houston
      Houston, Texas, United States
  • 1985-2002
    • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
      • • Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology
      • • Department of NeuroSurgery
      • • Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
      Houston, TX, United States