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Cancer Res. 2007 Sep 1;67(17):7960-5.

A dual phosphoinositide-3-kinase alpha/mTOR inhibitor cooperates with blockade of epidermal growth factor receptor in PTEN-mutant glioma.

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  • 1Department of Neurology and Brain Tumor Research Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.


We have shown previously that blockade of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) cooperates with a pan-selective inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) in EGFR-driven glioma. In this communication, we tested EGFR-driven glioma differing in PTEN status, treating with the EGFR inhibitor erlotinib and a novel dual inhibitor of PI3Kalpha and mTOR (PI-103). Erlotinib blocked proliferation only in PTEN(wt) cells expressing EGFR. Although erlotinib monotherapy showed little effect in PTEN(mt) glioma, PI-103 greatly augmented the antiproliferative efficacy of erlotinib in this setting. To address the importance of PI3K blockade, we showed in PTEN(mt) glioma that combining PI-103 and erlotinib was superior to either monotherapy or to therapy combining erlotinib with either rapamycin (an inhibitor of mTOR) or PIK-90 (an inhibitor of PI3Kalpha). These experiments show that a dual inhibitor of PI3Kalpha and mTOR augments the activity of EGFR blockade, offering a mechanistic rationale for targeting EGFR, PI3Kalpha, and mTOR in the treatment of EGFR-driven, PTEN-mutant glioma.

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