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Leuk Res. 1994 Mar;18(3):213-20.

Effect of herbimycin A, an inhibitor of tyrosine kinase, on protein tyrosine kinase activity and phosphotyrosyl proteins of Ph1-positive leukemia cells.

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Third Department of Internal Medicine, Hokkaido University School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan.


Herbimycin A, a benzoquinonoid anasamycin antibiotic, preferentially inhibited the in vitro growth of Ph1-positive leukemia cell lines. On the other hand, genistein, which was developed as an inhibitor of receptor-type tyrosine kinase, and other protein kinase inhibitors showed no selective inhibition of Ph1-positive leukemia cell growth. Herbimycin A also displayed an abrogative effect on the transformation of murine hematopoietic cells by transfection with a bcr/abl oncoprotein-expressing retroviral vector. The antitumor action of herbimycin A on Ph1-positive leukemia cells is related to an inhibition of activity of bcr/abl protein tyrosine kinase and a subsequent reduction of the constitutive phosphotyrosyl proteins, however, the antibiotic has no effect on the expression of bcr/abl mRNA and oncoprotein. Therefore, herbimycin A may provide an important insight into the oncogenic action of bcr/abl oncoprotein and the future development of oncoprotein-targeted therapeutic agents.

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