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Cancer Res. 2010 Jun 1;70(11):4509-19. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-09-4303. Epub 2010 May 11.

The skin cancer chemotherapeutic agent ingenol-3-angelate (PEP005) is a substrate for the epidermal multidrug transporter (ABCB1) and targets tumor vasculature.

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Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics, Laboratory of Cell Biology, and Confocal Core Facility, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute and NIH Chemical Genomics Center, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.


Ingenol-3-angelate (Ing3A), extracted from Euphorbia peplus, is currently in clinical trials for eradicating basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in situ by topical application. Although structurally related to phorbol esters and a protein kinase C activator, topical Ing3A, but not phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), inhibited the growth of subcutaneous tumors derived from PAM212 (mouse SCC) and B16 (mouse melanoma). Ing3A and PMA both induced acute neutrophilic inflammation on mouse skin, but only Ing3A caused subcutaneous hemorrhage and vascular damage. Both Ing3A and PMA activated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) in epidermis, but Ing3A also activated ERK1/2 in skin dermal fibroblasts and endothelial cells. Pretreatment with topical cyclosporin A (CsA), verapamil, or XR9576, modulators of P-glycoprotein (P-gp), prevented Ing3A-induced hemorrhage but not neutrophil infiltration. CsA also impaired the anticancer activity of Ing3A, whereas the anti-inflammatory dexamethasone did not. Ing3A, but not PMA, blocked photoaffinity labeling of human P-gp with [(125)I]iodoaryazidoprazosin and inhibited P-gp-mediated drug resistance to HCT-15 cells. The intracellular levels of Ing3A were significantly lower in P-gp-expressing cells, and treatment with XR9576 increased the levels to those of cells that do not express P-gp, showing that Ing3A binds to and is transported by P-gp. Taken together, our results suggest that P-gp-mediated absorptive transport, dermal penetration, and vascular damage contribute to the anticancer activity of Ing3A in vivo.

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