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Clin Cancer Res. 2008 Feb 15;14(4):1172-81. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-07-0737.

Targeting the phosphoinositide 3-kinase isoform p110delta impairs growth and survival in neuroblastoma cells.

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  • 1Division of Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry, University Children's Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.



The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway is frequently activated in human cancer and plays a crucial role in neuroblastoma biology. We were interested in gaining further insight into the potential of targeting PI3K/Akt signaling as a novel antiproliferative approach in neuroblastoma.


The expression pattern and functions of class I(A) PI3K isoforms were investigated in tumor samples and cell lines. Effects on cell survival and downstream signaling were analyzed following down-regulation of p110alpha or p110delta in SH-SY5Y and LA-N-1 cells by means of RNA interference.


Overexpression of the catalytic p110delta and regulatory p85alpha isoforms was detected in a panel of primary neuroblastoma samples and cell lines, compared with normal adrenal gland tissue. Although down-regulation of either p110alpha or p110delta led to impaired cell growth, reduced expression of p110delta also had a selective effect on the survival of SH-SY5Y cells. Decreased levels of p110delta were found to induce apoptosis and lead to lower expression levels of antiapoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins. SH-SY5Y cells with decreased p110delta levels also displayed reduced activation of ribosomal protein S6 kinase in response to stimulation with epidermal growth factor and insulin-like growth factor-I.


Together, our data reveal a novel function of p110delta in neuroblastoma growth and survival.

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