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BACKGROUND: STX2484 is a novel non-steroidal compound with potent anti-proliferative activity. These studies aimed to identify STX2484's mechanism of action, in vivo efficacy and activity in taxane-resistant breast cancer models. METHODS: Effects of STX2484 and paclitaxel on proliferation, cell cycle and apoptosis were assessed in vitro in drug-resistant (MCF-7(DOX)) and non-resistant cells (MCF-7(WT)). STX2484 efficacy in βIII tubulin overexpression in MCF-7 cells was also determined. Anti-angiogenic activity was quantified in vitro by a co-culture model and in vivo using a Matrigel plug assay. An MDA-MB-231 xenograft model was used to determine STX2484 efficacy in vivo. RESULTS: STX2484 is a tubulin disruptor, which induces p53 expression, Bcl2 phosphorylation, caspase-3 cleavage, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. In addition, STX2484 is a potent anti-angiogenic agent in vitro and in vivo. In breast cancer xenografts, STX2484 (20 mg kg(-1) p.o.) suppressed tumour growth by 84% after 35 days of daily dosing, with limited toxicity. In contrast to paclitaxel, STX2484 efficacy was unchanged in two clinically relevant drug-resistant models. CONCLUSIONS: STX2484 is an orally bioavailable microtubule-disrupting agent with in vivo anti-angiogenic activity and excellent in vivo efficacy with no apparent toxicity. Crucially, STX2484 has superior efficacy to paclitaxel in models of clinical drug resistance.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/bjc.2014.188

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Cancer

Publication Date

15/07/2014

Volume

111

Pages

300 - 308

Keywords

Animals, Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic, Apoptosis, Breast Neoplasms, Cell Cycle, Cell Growth Processes, Cell Line, Tumor, Female, Humans, Immunohistochemistry, Isoquinolines, MCF-7 Cells, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mice, Nude, Paclitaxel, Sulfonic Acids, Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays