Therapeutic potential of AZD1480 for the treatment of human glioblastoma

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  • Aberrant activation of the Janus kinase (JAK)/signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT)pathway has been implicated in glioblastoma (GBM) progression. To develop a therapeutic strategy to inhibit STAT-3 signaling,we have evaluated the effects of AZD1480, a pharmacologic inhibitor of JAK1 and JAK2. In this study, the in vitro efficacy ofAZD1480was tested in human andmurine glioma cell lines.AZD1480 treatment effectively blocks constitutive and stimulus-induced JAK1, JAK2, and STAT-3 phosphorylation in both human and murine glioma cells, and leads to a decrease in cell proliferation and induction of apoptosis. Furthermore, we used human xenograft GBMsamples asmodels for the study of JAK/STAT-3 signaling in vivo, because human GBMsamples propagatedas xenografts innudemice retainboth the hallmark genetic alterations and the invasive phenotype seen in vivo. In these xenograft tumors, JAK2 and STAT-3 are constitutively active, but levels vary among tumors,which is consistent with the heterogeneity ofGBMs.AZD1480 inhibits constitutive and stimulus-induced phosphorylation of JAK2 and STAT-3 in these GBM xenograft tumors in vitro, downstream gene expression, and inhibits cell proliferation. Furthermore, AZD1480 suppresses STAT-3 activation in the gliomainitiating cell population in GBM tumors. In vivo, AZD1480 inhibits the growth of subcutaneous tumors and increases survival of mice bearing intracranial GBM tumors by inhibiting STAT-3 activity, indicating that pharmacologic inhibition of the JAK/STAT-3 pathway by AZD1480 should be considered for study in the treatment of patients with GBM tumors. ©2011 AACR.
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  • McFarland BC; Ma JY; Langford CP; Gillespie GY; Yu H; Zheng Y; Nozell SE; Huszar D; Benveniste EN
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  • 2384
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  • 2393
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  • 10
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  • 12