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Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2014 Apr;73(4):711-9. doi: 10.1007/s00280-014-2397-9. Epub 2014 Feb 12.

Perifosine inhibits S6K1-Gli1 signaling and enhances gemcitabine-induced anti-pancreatic cancer efficiency.

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Department of Thyroid and Breast Surgery, Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital, Hangzhou, 310014, Zhejiang, China.



The pancreatic cancer has extremely low overall 5-year survival, and gemcitabine is the only approved single agent for pancreatic cancer treatment.


In the present study, we investigated the potential effect of perifosine, a novel Akt inhibitor on gemcitabine-induced anti-pancreatic cancer effect both in vivo and in vitro.


We showed that sub-cytotoxic low concentration of perifosine dramatically enhanced gemcitabine-induced cytotoxicity in cultured pancreatic cancer cells. Perifosine inhibited Akt-mammalian target of rapamycin and Erk-mitogen-activated protein kinase activation in pancreatic cancer cells. Meanwhile, perifosine suppressed the hedgehog signaling, as it inhibited glioma-associated oncogenes (Gli) 1 activation and decreased its target protein patched 1 (PTCH1) expression. Our data demonstrated that perifosine blocked p70S6K1 (S6K1) activation, thus disrupting S6K1-Gli1 association and subsequent Gli1 activation. The reduction of S6K1 or Gli1 expression by target siRNAs inhibited PTCH1 expression and enhanced gemcitabine-induced cytotoxicity in pancreatic cancer cells. Significantly, perifosine dramatically enhanced gemcitabine-mediated antitumor effect in a PANC-1 xenograft severe combined immunodeficiency mice model.


In summary, we conclude that perifosine sensitizes gemcitabine-mediated anti-pancreatic cancer efficiency through regulating multiple signaling pathways.

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