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      NVP-BSK805, an Inhibitor of JAK2 Kinase, Significantly Enhances the Radiosensitivity of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in vitro and in vivo

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          Radiotherapy is one major curative treatment modality for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) patients. This study aimed to find out small-molecular kinase inhibitors, which can significantly enhance the radiosensitivity of ESCC in vitro and in vivo.

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          Ninety-three kinase inhibitors were tested for their radiosensitizing effect in ESCC cells through high-content screening. The radiosensitizing effect of kinase inhibitors was investigated in vitro by detection of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) and clonogenic survival assay. By the establishment of xenograft tumor models in BALB/c nude mice, the radiosensitizing effect of kinase inhibitors was investigated in vivo.


          Among the 93 kinase inhibitors tested, we found NVP-BSK805, an inhibitor of JAK2 kinase, significantly radiosensitized ESCC cells through enhancing DSBs, inhibiting DNA damage repair and arresting cell cycle in G2/M or G0/G1 phase. After treatment with NVP-BSK805, ESCC cells showed decreased clonogenic survival and delayed tumor growth in vivo. JAK2 kinase was highly expressed in tumor tissues of ESCC patients, while rarely expressed in matched normal esophageal epithelial tissues. Survival analysis revealed JAK2 kinase as a prognostic factor of ESCC patients treated with chemoradiotherapy.


          Our study discovered JAK2 kinase as an attractive target to enhance the radiosensitivity of ESCC cells in vitro and in vivo.

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          ATM-mediated stabilization of ZEB1 promotes DNA damage response and radioresistance through CHK1

          Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is associated with characteristics of breast cancer stem cells, including chemoresistance and radioresistance. However, it is unclear whether EMT itself or specific EMT regulators play causal roles in these properties. Here we identify an EMT-inducing transcription factor, zinc finger E-box binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1), as a regulator of radiosensitivity and DNA damage response (DDR). Radioresistant subpopulations of breast cancer cells derived from ionizing radiation exhibit hyperactivation of ATM and upregulation of ZEB1, and ZEB1 promotes tumor cell radioresistance in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistically, ATM kinase phosphorylates and stabilizes ZEB1 in response to DNA damage, and ZEB1 in turn directly interacts with USP7 and enhances its ability to deubiquitinate and stabilize CHK1, thereby promoting homologous recombination-dependent DNA repair and resistance to radiation. These findings identify ZEB1 as an ATM substrate linking ATM to CHK1 and as the mechanism underlying the association between EMT and radioresistance.
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            WNT1-inducible signaling protein-1 mediates pulmonary fibrosis in mice and is upregulated in humans with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

            Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is characterized by distorted lung architecture and loss of respiratory function. Enhanced (myo)fibroblast activation, ECM deposition, and alveolar epithelial type II (ATII) cell dysfunction contribute to IPF pathogenesis. However, the molecular pathways linking ATII cell dysfunction with the development of fibrosis are poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate, in a mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis, increased proliferation and altered expression of components of the WNT/beta-catenin signaling pathway in ATII cells. Further analysis revealed that expression of WNT1-inducible signaling protein-1 (WISP1), which is encoded by a WNT target gene, was increased in ATII cells in both a mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis and patients with IPF. Treatment of mouse primary ATII cells with recombinant WISP1 led to increased proliferation and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), while treatment of mouse and human lung fibroblasts with recombinant WISP1 enhanced deposition of ECM components. In the mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis, neutralizing mAbs specific for WISP1 reduced the expression of genes characteristic of fibrosis and reversed the expression of genes associated with EMT. More importantly, these changes in gene expression were associated with marked attenuation of lung fibrosis, including decreased collagen deposition and improved lung function and survival. Our study thus identifies WISP1 as a key regulator of ATII cell hyperplasia and plasticity as well as a potential therapeutic target for attenuation of pulmonary fibrosis.
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              Targeting JAK kinase in solid tumors: emerging opportunities and challenges.

              Various human malignancies are characterized by excessive activation of the Janus family of cytoplasmic tyrosine kinases (JAK) and their associated transcription factors STAT3 and STAT5. In the majority of solid tumors, this occurs in response to increased abundance of inflammatory cytokines in the tumor microenvironment prominently produced by infiltrating innate immune cells. Many of these cytokines share common receptor subunits and belong to the interleukin (IL)-6/IL-11, IL-10/IL-22 and IL-12/IL-23 families. Therapeutic inhibition of the JAK/STAT3 pathway potentially offers considerable benefit owing to the capacity of JAK/STAT3 signaling to promote cancer hallmarks in the tumor and its environment, including proliferation, survival, angiogenesis, tumor metabolism while suppressing antitumor immunity. This is further emphasized by the current successful clinical applications of JAK-specific small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of inflammatory disorders and hematopoietic malignancies. Here we review current preclinical applications for JAK inhibitors for the treatment of solid cancers in mice, with a focus on the most common malignancies emanating from oncogenic transformation of the epithelial mucosa in the stomach and colon. Emerging data with small molecule JAK-specific adenosine triphosphate-binding analogs corroborate genetic findings and suggest that interference with the JAK/STAT3 pathway may suppress the growth of the most common forms of sporadic colon cancers that arise from mutations of the APC tumor suppressor gene. Likewise inhibition of cytokine-dependent activation of the JAK/STAT3 pathway may also afford orthogonal treatment opportunities for other oncogene-addicted cancer cells that have gained drug resistance.

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                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                24 February 2020
                : 14
                : 745-755
                [1 ]Department of Pharmacy, Hangzhou Cancer Hospital , Hangzhou 310002, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]Hangzhou Cancer Institution, Hangzhou Cancer Hospital , Hangzhou 310002, People’s Republic of China
                [3 ]National Cancer Center/National Clinical Research Center for Cancer/Cancer Hospital & Shenzhen Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College , Shenzhen 518116, People’s Republic of China
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Shixiu Wu National Cancer Center/National Clinical Research Center for Cancer/Cancer Hospital & Shenzhen Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College , No. 113 Baohe Street Longgang District, Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China Email wushixiu@medmail.com.cn
                © 2020 Hua et al.

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                Figures: 5, References: 26, Pages: 11
                Original Research

                Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical medicine

                dna damage repair, escc, radioresistance, jak2, nvp-bsk805


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