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J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2010 Mar;332(3):795-802. doi: 10.1124/jpet.109.162768. Epub 2009 Dec 2.

1-tert-butyl-3-[6-(3,5-dimethoxy-phenyl)-2-(4-diethylamino-butylamino)-pyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidin-7-yl]-urea (PD173074), a selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor of fibroblast growth factor receptor-3 (FGFR3), inhibits cell proliferation of bladder cancer carrying the FGFR3 gene mutation along with up-regulation of p27/Kip1 and G1/G0 arrest.

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Oncogene Research Unit/Cancer Prevention Unit, Tochigi Cancer Center Research Institute, 4-9-13 Yonan, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 320-0834, Japan.


Activating mutation of the fibroblast growth factor receptor-3 (FGFR3) gene is known as a key molecular event in both oncogenesis and cell proliferation of low-grade noninvasive human bladder urothelial carcinoma (UC), which is characterized by frequent intravesical recurrence. In this study, we investigated the antitumor potentiality of 1-tert-butyl-3-[6-(3,5-dimethoxy-phenyl)-2-(4-diethylamino-butylamino)-pyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidin-7-yl]-urea (PD173074), a small-molecule FGFR3-selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), as a therapeutic modality using eight UC cell lines. In our in vitro cell proliferation assay, PD173074 suppressed cell proliferation remarkably in two cell lines, namely, UM-UC-14 and MGHU3, which expressed mutated FGFR3 protein. In contrast, the other six cell lines expressing wild-type FGFR3 or without FGFR3 expression were resistant to PD173074 treatment. Cell cycle analysis revealed the growth inhibitory effect of PD173074 was associated with arrest at G(1)-S transition in a dose-depending manner. Furthermore, we observed an inverse relationship between Ki-67 and p27/Kip1 expression after PD173074 treatment, suggesting that up-regulation of p27 recruited UC cells harboring activating FGFR3 mutations in G(1) that was analogous with the other receptor TKIs acting on the epidermal growth factor receptors. In the mouse xenograft models using subcutaneously transplanted UM-UC-14 and MGHU3, orally administered PD173074 suppressed tumor growth and induced apoptotic changes comparable with the results of our in vitro assay. These findings elucidated the effectiveness of molecular targeted approach for bladder UC harboring FGFR3 mutations and the potential utility to decrease the intravesical recurrence of nonmuscle invasive bladder UC after transurethral surgical resection.

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