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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (26637369)
Authors Herath NI, Devun F, Lienafa MC, Herbette A, Denys A, Sun JS, Dutreix M
Title The DNA Repair Inhibitor DT01 as a Novel Therapeutic Strategy for Chemosensitization of Colorectal Liver Metastasis.
Abstract Text Metastatic liver disease from colorectal cancer is a significant clinical problem. This is mainly attributed to nonresectable metastases that frequently display low sensitivities to available chemotherapies and develop drug resistance partly via hyperactivation of some DNA repair functions. Combined therapies have shown some disease control; however, there is still a need for more efficient chemotherapies to achieve eradication of colorectal cancer liver metastasis. We investigated the tolerance and efficacy of a novel class of DNA repair inhibitors, Dbait, in association with conventional chemotherapy. Dbait mimics double-strand breaks and activates damage signaling, consequently inhibiting single- and double-stranded DNA repair enzyme recruitment. In vitro, Dbait treatment increases sensitivity of HT29 and HCT116 colorectal cancer cell lines. In vivo, the pharmacokinetics, biodistribution and the efficacy of the cholesterol-conjugated clinical form of Dbait, DT01, were assessed. The chemosensitizing abilities of DT01 were evaluated in association with oxaliplatin and 5-fluorouracil in intrahepatic HT29 xenografted mice used as a model for colorectal cancer liver metastasis. The high uptake of DT01 indicates that the liver is a specific target. We demonstrate significant antitumor efficacy in a liver metastasis model with DT01 treatment in combination with oxaliplatin and 5-fluorouracil (mean: 501 vs. 872 mm(2), P = 0.02) compared to chemotherapy alone. The decrease in tumor volume is further associated with significant histologic changes in necrosis, proliferation, angiogenesis and apoptosis. Repeated cycles of DT01 do not increase chemotherapy toxicity. Combining DT01 with conventional chemotherapy may prove to be a safe and effective therapeutic strategy in the treatment of metastatic liver cancer.


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Molecular Profile Treatment Approach
Gene Name Source Synonyms Protein Domains Gene Description Gene Role
Therapy Name Drugs Efficacy Evidence Clinical Trials
Dbait Dbait 0 0
DT01 DT01 0 0
Drug Name Trade Name Synonyms Drug Classes Drug Description
DT01 DT01 consists of nanoparticles containing short interfering DNA that mimics DNA double strand breaks that are linked to cholesterol, resulting in activation of the DNA damage response in the liver, and potentially leading to increased sensitivity to chemotherapeutic agents (PMID: 26637369, PMID: 28374075, PMID: 27140316).
Dbait Dbait is a nanoparticle drug containing short interfering DNA that mimic DNA double strand breaks, which has been demonstrated to result in activation of the DNA damage response with anti-metastatic tumor activity in liver (PMID: 26637369, PMID: 31858836, PMID: 31275862).
Gene Variant Impact Protein Effect Variant Description Associated with drug Resistance
Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
BRAF V600E colorectal cancer sensitive DT01 + Fluorouracil + Oxaliplatin Preclinical - Cell line xenograft Actionable In a preclinical study, DT01 increased sensitivity of human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells harboring BRAF V600E to Eloxatin (oxaliplatin) and Adrucil (5-fluorouracil), and the combination resulted in decreased liver tumor growth in CRC cell line xenograft metastasis models (PMID: 26637369). 26637369