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Tumour Biol. 2015 Jul;36(7):5505-13. doi: 10.1007/s13277-015-3218-4. Epub 2015 Feb 11.

Dacomitinib (PF-00299804), a second-generation irreversible pan-erbB receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, demonstrates remarkable activity against HER2-amplified uterine serous endometrial cancer in vitro.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine, Rm. 305 LSOG, 333 Cedar Street, PO Box 208063, New Haven, CT, 06520-8063, USA.

Abstract

Uterine serous carcinoma (USC) is an aggressive subtype of endometrial cancer that carries an extremely poor prognosis. Up to 35 % of USC may overexpress the epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2/neu) at strong (i.e., 3+) level by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or harbor HER2/neu gene amplification by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). In this study, we assessed the sensitivity of a panel of USC cell lines with and without HER2/neu gene amplification to dacomitinib (PF-00299804), an irreversible pan-human epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Eight primary cell lines (i.e., four harboring HER2/neu gene amplification by FISH and four FISH- cell lines), all demonstrating similar in vitro growth rates, were evaluated in viability/proliferation assays. The effect of dacomitinib on cell growth, cell cycle distribution, and signaling was determined using flow cytometry-based assays. Dacomitinib caused a significantly stronger growth inhibition in HER2/neu FISH+ USC cell lines when compared to FISH- USC (dacomitinib half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) mean ± SEM = 0.02803 ± 0.003355 μM in FISH+ versus 1.498 ± 0.2209 μM in FISH- tumors, P < 0.0001). Dacomitinib growth inhibition was associated with a significant and dose-dependent decline in phosphorylated HER2/neu and S6 transcription factor and a dose-dependent and time-dependent cell cycle arrest in G0/G1 in FISH+ USC. Dacomitinib is remarkably effective against chemotherapy-resistant HER2/neu gene-amplified USC. Clinical studies with dacomitinib in HER2/neu FISH+ USC patients resistant to standard salvage chemotherapy are warranted.

PMID:
25669172
PMCID:
PMC5573583
DOI:
10.1007/s13277-015-3218-4
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