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Int J Cancer. 1998 Apr 13;76(2):223-7.

Expression of a kinase-deficient IGF-I-R suppresses tumorigenicity of rhabdomyosarcoma cells constitutively expressing a wild type IGF-I-R.

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Molecular Oncology Section, Pediatric Branch, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA. KALEBICT@CTEP.NCI.NIH.GOV


Previous results have shown that the insulin-like growth factor type I receptor (IGF-I-R) plays a critical role in the control of rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) growth. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a mutated IGF-I-R, when expressed in RMS cells, may interfere with the function of the endogenous wild-type IGF-I-R. We also examined whether the expression of a mutated IGF-I-R may induce phenotypic changes in RMS cells. We used here the mutated IGF-I-R with a lysine to arginine residue 1003 substitution, called IGF-I-KR, which carries a mutation in the ATP-binding domain of the intracellular beta subunit, while the extracellular, ligand binding alpha subunit remains unchanged. We observed that the expression of this mutated IGF-I-KR markedly decreased the response of RMS cells to stimulation with IGF-I. While stimulation with IGF-I increases the autophosphorylation of IGF-I-R in the parent cells, stimulation with IGF-I failed to produce a comparable increase in autophosphorylation in the cells expressing the mutated IGF-I-KR. We also observed a decreased plating efficiency of cells expressing the mutated IGF-I-KR. Consistently, a decrease of RMS growth in vivo was observed in an animal model. Our data suggest that the IGF/IGF-I-R signaling pathway may be inhibited by expressing a mutated IGF-I-KR and that such a mutant gene could be utilized in developing novel therapeutic strategies to suppress RMS growth. 1998.

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