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The Regulation of Growth and Survival in Human Multiple Myeloma Cells by IGF-I Receptor Signaling

by Strömberg, Thomas

Abstract (Summary)
Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incurable B-cell malignancy mainly localized to the bone marrow. Our aim was to examine the growth- and survival-promoting role of the IGF-IR and its downstream signaling components in MM cells to identify potential targets for therapy. Octreotide, a somatostatin analog that has been demonstrated to interfere with the actions of IGF-I, induced growth inhibition in both IL-6-dependent and IL-6-independent MM cell lines expressing the somatostatin receptors sst2, sst3 and sst5. Additionally, a slight pro-apoptotic effect could be observed in a few cell lines. In primary MM cells octreotide induced apoptosis, an effect that was abrogated by exogenously added IGF-I, but not by IL-6.Inhibition of IGF-I signaling in Karpas 707 cells, using either the anti-IGF-IR antibody ?IR3 or the PI 3-K inhibitors LY294002 and wortmannin, increased sensitivity to apoptosis induced by dexamethasone. Exogenously added IGF-I prevented dexamethasone-induced apoptosis, an effect that could partly be mimicked by the pharmacological GSK-3? inhibitors LiCl and SB415286. Thus, we suggest the GSK-3? as an important mediator of the anti-apoptotic effects of IGF-IR signaling in MM.Using rapamycin we selectively inhibited mTOR, a phosphoprotein downstream of the IGF-IR. In MM cell lines rapamycin induced G0/G1-arrest, an effect being associated with an increase of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p27 and a decrease of the cyclins D2, D3 and E. Interestingly, in primary MM cells rapamycin induced apoptosis. Moreover, rapamycin potentiated dexamethasone-induced apoptosis, an effect that was associated with a downregulation of the anti-apoptotic protein survivin. Strikingly, the combinatorial treatment with rapamycin and dexamethasone suppressed the anti-apoptotic effects of exogenously added IGF-I and IL-6, thus suggesting this drug-combination to be active also in vivo. Two newly developed, selective IGF-I RTK inhibitors proved to be very effective in MM cell lines and in primary MM cells providing 50-90% growth inhibition within 48 h of incubation. The inhibitors induced massive apoptosis together with a prominent cell cycle arrest in the G2/M-phase. Importantly, the IGF-I RTK inhibitors downregulated the tyrosine phosphorylation of the IGF-IR ?-chain but not of the insulin receptor ?-chain. In conclusion, the IGF-IR potently promotes growth and survival of MM cells. Therefore, interfering with the IGF-IR signaling pathway might be a suitable strategy to improve MM treatment.
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School:Uppsala universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:MEDICINE; Morphology, cell biology, pathology; Pathology; Pathology; Multiple myeloma; IGF-IR; apoptosis; somatostatin; octreotide; dexamethasone; GSK-3; mTOR; rapamycin; RTK inhibitor; Patologi

ISBN:91-554-5740-1

Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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