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Joshi S.,Moores Cancer Center | Singh A.R.,Moores Cancer Center | Durden D.L.,Moores Cancer Center | Durden D.L.,UCSD Rady Childrens Hospital
Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology | Year: 2015

Purpose: SF1126 is a vascular-targeted pan-PI-3K inhibitor prodrug with antitumor and antiangiogenic activity and has completed phase I clinical trial in solid tumors and B-cell malignancies. In this study, we investigated the effect of SF1126 on hypoxic HIF-1α/HIF-2α stability as well as on antitumor and/or antiangiogenic activity in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) models in vitro and in vivo. Methods: The effect of SF1126 on hypoxic HIF-1α/HIF-2α protein stability, antitumor and antiangiogenic activity was studied on VHL-null (786-0) and VHL-WT (Caki) RCC cells. Results: Our data demonstrate that SF1126 treatment abrogates the stabilization of HIF-2α in 786-0 (VHL-mutated) RCC cell line under normoxic and hypoxic conditions. Similarly, hypoxic stabilization of HIF-1α and its activity were also suppressed following SF1126 treatment in Caki cell line (VHL-WT). Herein, we provide mechanistic evidence that HIF-2α can be degraded in cytoplasm under hypoxic conditions via the 26S proteasome and that MDM2 is the E3 ligase which induces the hypoxic degradation of HIF-2α in PI-3K-dependent manner in VHL-deficient RCC cells. Moreover, SF1126 administered to RCC-xenografted mice at 25 mg/kg/dose subcutaneously three times per week for 3 weeks results in marked inhibition of tumor growth (>90 % inhibition) (P < 0.05). Consistent with SF1126 treatment's effects on HIF-1α/HIF-2α, microvessel density analysis of Caki and 786-0 tumor tissues demonstrated that SF1126 has potent antiangiogenic activity in vivo. Finally, SF1126 caused a profound inhibition of integrin-mediated migration and blocked the integrin-induced conversion of GDP-Rac1 to its GTP-bound active state. Conclusions: These results validate the in vivo efficacy of SF1126 as a clinically viable antiangiogenic, pan-PI-3K inhibitor prodrug for phase II clinical trials in the treatment of RCC. © 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Joshi S.,University of California at San Diego | Singh A.R.,University of California at San Diego | Zulcic M.,University of California at San Diego | Durden D.L.,University of California at San Diego | Durden D.L.,UCSD Rady Childrens Hospital
Molecular Cancer Research | Year: 2014

Tumor growth, progression, and response to the hypoxic tumor microenvironment involve the action of hypoxia-inducible transcription factors, HIF1 and HIF2. HIF is a heterodimeric transcription factor containing an inducible HIFα subunit and a constitutively expressed HIFβ subunit. The signaling pathways operational in macrophages regulating hypoxia-induced HIFα stabilization remain the subject of intense investigation. Here, it was discovered that the PTEN/PI3K/AKT signaling axis controls hypoxia-induced HIF1α (HIF1A) and HIF2α (EPAS1) stability in macrophages. Using genetic mouse models and pan-PI3K as well as isoform-specific inhibitors, inhibition of the PI3K/AKT pathway blocked the accumulation of HIFα protein and its primary transcriptional target VEGF in response to hypoxia. Moreover, blocking the PI3K/AKT signaling axis promoted the hypoxic degradation of HIFα via the 26S proteasome. Mechanistically, a macrophage-dominant PI3K isoform (p110γ) directed tumor growth, angiogenesis, metastasis, and the HIFα/VEGF axis. Moreover, a pan-PI3K inhibitor (SF1126) blocked tumor-induced angiogenesis and inhibited VEGF and other proangiogenic factors secreted by macrophages. These data define a novel molecular mechanism by which PTEN/PI3K/AKT regulates the proteasome-dependent stability of HIFα under hypoxic conditions, a signaling pathway in macrophages that controls tumor-induced angiogenesis and metastasis. Implications: This study indicates that PI3K inhibitors are excellent candidates for the treatment of cancers where macrophages promote tumor progression. ©2014 AACR.


Singh A.R.,University of California at San Diego | Joshi S.,University of California at San Diego | George E.,Emory University | Durden D.L.,University of California at San Diego | Durden D.L.,UCSD Rady Childrens Hospital
Cancer Cell International | Year: 2014

Background: Growth factor mediated activation of RAS-MAP-kinase and PI3-kinase-AKT pathways are critical for the pathogenesis of glioblastoma. The attenuation of PI3-kinase/AKT signaling will be effective in regulating the tumorigenic phenotypes of the glioma cells. Methods: Glioma cells derived from the brain of the 12 V-Ha-Ras transgenic mice were used to study the effect of PI-3 kinase inhibitor SF1126 on activation of AKT and ERK signaling, proliferation, vitronectin mediated migration and changes in the distribution of cortical actin on vitronectin in the glioma cells in vitro. The anti-tumor effects of SF1126 were also tested in vivo using pre-established tumors (subcutaneous injection of the glioma cells from 12 V-Ha-Ras transgenic mice) in a mouse xenograft model. Results: Our results demonstrate that treatment of LacZ+, GFAP + and PCNA + 12 V-Ras Tg transformed astrocytes with SF1126 and LY294002 blocked the activation of AKT as well as EGF-induced phospho-ERK. Most notably, treatment of SF1126 blocked integrin-dependent migration in transwell and scratch assays and caused a significant change in the organization and distribution of cortical actin on vitronectin in the glioma cells. Moreover, SF1126 treatment inhibited in vitro proliferation of these cells and in vivo growth of pre-established subcutaneous tumors in a xenograft model. Conclusion: The present study validate the potent anti-proliferative and anti-migratory activity of SF1126, in a V12 Ras oncogene driven glioma model and suggest that this effect is mediated potentially through a combined attenuation of PI3-kinase and MAP-kinase signaling pathways. © 2014 Singh et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Morales G.A.,University of Arizona | Morales G.A.,Semafore Pharmaceuticals Inc. | Garlich J.R.,SignalRx Pharmaceuticals | Garlich J.R.,Semafore Pharmaceuticals Inc. | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2013

Dysregulation of the phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) pathway in a wide range of tumors has made PI3K a consensus target to inhibit as illustrated by more than 15 inhibitors now in clinical trials. Our previous work, built on the early pioneering multikinase inhibitor LY294002, resulted in the only PI3K vascular-targeted PI3K inhibitor prodrug, SF1126, which has now completed Phase I clinical trials. This inhibitor has properties that impart more in vivo activity than should be warranted by its enzymatic potency, which in general is much lower than other clinical stage PI3K inhibitors. We embarked on the exploration of scaffolds that retained such properties while simultaneously exhibiting an increased potency toward PI3K. This work resulted in the discovery of the 5-morpholino-7H-thieno[3,2-b]pyran-7-one system as the foundation of a new compound class of potential PI3K inhibitors having improved potency toward PI3K. The synthesis and cancer stem cell-based activity of these compounds are reported herein. © 2013 American Chemical Society.


Singh A.R.,University of California at San Diego | Joshi S.,University of California at San Diego | Zulcic M.,University of California at San Diego | Alcaraz M.,University of California at San Diego | And 11 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2016

Sonic hedgehog (SHH) medulloblastoma (MB) subtype is driven by a proliferative CD15+ tumor propagating cell (TPC), also considered in the literature as a putative cancer stem cell (CSC). Despite considerable research, much of the biology of this TPC remains unknown.We report evidence that phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI-3K) play a crucial role in the propagation, survival and potential response to therapy in this CD15+ CSC/TPC-driven malignant disease. Using the ND2- SmoA1 transgenic mouse model for MB, mouse genetics and patient-derived xenografts (PDXs), we demonstrate that the CD15+TPCs are 1) obligately required for SmoA1Tgdriven tumorigenicity 2) regulated by PTEN and PI-3K signaling 3) selectively sensitive to the cytotoxic effects of pan PI-3K inhibitors in vitro and in vivo but resistant to chemotherapy 4) in the SmoA1Tg mouse model are genomically similar to the SHH human MB subgroup. The results provide the first evidence that PTEN plays a role in MB TPC signaling and biology and that PI-3K inhibitors target and suppress the survival and proliferation of cells within the mouse and human CD15+ cancer stem cell compartment. In contrast, CD15+ TPCs are resistant to cisplatinum, temozolomide and the SHH inhibitor, NVP-LDE-225, agents currently used in treatment of medulloblastoma. These studies validate the therapeutic efficacy of pan PI-3K inhibitors in the treatment of CD15+ TPC dependent medulloblastoma and suggest a sequential combination of PI-3K inhibitors and chemotherapy will have augmented efficacy in the treatment of this disease. © 2016 Singh et al.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Singh A.R.,University of California at San Diego | Peirce S.K.,Emory University | Joshi S.,University of California at San Diego | Durden D.L.,University of California at San Diego | Durden D.L.,UCSD Rady Childrens Hospital
Experimental Cell Research | Year: 2014

Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), e.g. toll receptors (TLRs) that bind ligands within the microbiome have been implicated in the pathogenesis of cancer. LPS is a ligand for two TLR family members, TLR4 and RP105 which mediate LPS signaling in B cell proliferation and migration. Although LPS/TLR/RP105 signaling is well-studied; our understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms controlling these PRR signaling pathways remains incomplete. Previous studies have demonstrated a role for PTEN/PI-3K signaling in B cell selection and survival, however a role for PTEN/PI-3K in TLR4/RP105/LPS signaling in the B cell compartment has not been reported. Herein, we crossed a CD19cre and PTENfl/fl mouse to generate a conditional PTEN knockout mouse in the CD19+ B cell compartment. These mice were further crossed with an IL-14α transgenic mouse to study the combined effect of PTEN deletion, PI-3K inhibition and expression of IL-14α (a cytokine originally identified as a B cell growth factor) in CD19+ B cell lymphoproliferation and response to LPS stimulation. Targeted deletion of PTEN and directed expression of IL-14α in the CD19+ B cell compartment (IL-14+PTEN-/-) lead to marked splenomegaly and altered spleen morphology at baseline due to expansion of marginal zone B cells, a phenotype that was exaggerated by treatment with the B cell mitogen and TLR4/RP105 ligand, LPS. Moreover, LPS stimulation of CD19+ cells isolated from these mice display increased proliferation, augmented AKT and NFκB activation as well as increased expression of c-myc and cyclinD1. Interestingly, treatment of LPS treated IL-14+PTEN-/- mice with a pan PI-3K inhibitor, SF1126, reduced splenomegaly, cell proliferation, c-myc and cyclin D1 expression in the CD19+ B cell compartment and normalized the splenic histopathologic architecture. These findings provide the direct evidence that PTEN and PI-3K inhibitors control TLR4/RP105/LPS signaling in the CD19+ B cell compartment and that pan PI-3 kinase inhibitors reverse the lymphoproliferative phenotype in vivo. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

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