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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (27530328)
Authors Shi Y, Daniels-Wells TR, Frost P, Lee J, Finn RS, Bardeleben C, Penichet ML, Jung ME, Gera J, Lichtenstein A
Title Cytotoxic Properties of a DEPTOR-mTOR Inhibitor in Multiple Myeloma Cells.
Journal Cancer research
Vol 76
Issue 19
Date 2016 Oct 01
Abstract Text DEPTOR is a 48 kDa protein that binds to mTOR and inhibits this kinase in TORC1 and TORC2 complexes. Overexpression of DEPTOR specifically occurs in a model of multiple myeloma. Its silencing in multiple myeloma cells is sufficient to induce cytotoxicity, suggesting that DEPTOR is a potential therapeutic target. mTORC1 paralysis protects multiple myeloma cells against DEPTOR silencing, implicating mTORC1 in the critical role of DEPTOR in multiple myeloma cell viability. Building on this foundation, we interrogated a small-molecule library for compounds that prevent DEPTOR binding to mTOR in a yeast-two-hybrid assay. One compound was identified that also prevented DEPTOR-mTOR binding in human myeloma cells, with subsequent activation of mTORC1 and mTORC2. In a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) assay, the compound bound to recombinant DEPTOR but not to mTOR. The drug also prevented binding of recombinant DEPTOR to mTOR in the SPR assay. Remarkably, although activating TORC1 and TORC2, the compound induced apoptosis and cell-cycle arrest in multiple myeloma cell lines and prevented outgrowth of human multiple myeloma cells in immunodeficient mice. In vitro cytotoxicity against multiple myeloma cell lines was directly correlated with DEPTOR protein expression and was mediated, in part, by the activation of TORC1 and induction of p21 expression. Additional cytotoxicity was seen against primary multiple myeloma cells, whereas normal hematopoietic colony formation was unaffected. These results further support DEPTOR as a viable therapeutic target in multiple myeloma and suggest an effective strategy of preventing binding of DEPTOR to mTOR. Cancer Res; 76(19); 5822-31. ©2016 AACR.


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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
NSC126405 NSC126405 1 0
Drug Name Trade Name Synonyms Drug Classes Drug Description
NSC126405 NSC126405 is a small molecule inhibitor of DEPTOR, which prevents binding to Mtor, possibly resulting in apoptotic activity and cell cycle arrest (PMID: 27530328).
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
Unknown unknown multiple myeloma not applicable NSC126405 Preclinical - Cell line xenograft Actionable In a preclinical study, NSC126405 inhibited tumor growth during 11 days of treatment in multiple myeloma cell line xenograft models and 22% (2/9) of the mice demonstrated tumor regression post treatment (PMID: 27530328). 27530328