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Acquired resistance to BRAF inhibition induces epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in BRAF (V600E) mutant thyroid cancer by c-Met-mediated AKT activation

 Hyung Kwon Byeon  ;  Hwi Jung Na  ;  Yeon Ju Yang  ;  Sooah Ko  ;  Sun Och Yoon  ;  Minhee Ku  ;  Jaemoon Yang  ;  Jae Wook Kim  ;  Myung Jin Ban  ;  Ji-Hoon Kim  ;  Da Hee Kim  ;  Jung Min Kim  ;  Eun Chang Choi  ;  Chang-Hoon Kim  ;  Joo-Heon Yoon  ;  Yoon Woo Koh 
 ONCOTARGET , Vol.8(1) : 596-609, 2017 
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Animals ; Cell Line, Tumor ; Disease Models, Animal ; Drug Resistance, Neoplasm/genetics* ; Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition/drug effects* ; Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition/genetics ; Gene Expression ; Humans ; Indoles/pharmacology ; Male ; Mice ; Mutation* ; Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases/metabolism ; Protein Kinase Inhibitors/pharmacology* ; Proto-Oncogene Proteins B-raf/antagonists & inhibitors ; Proto-Oncogene Proteins B-raf/genetics* ; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt/metabolism* ; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-met/antagonists & inhibitors ; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-met/metabolism* ; Signal Transduction/drug effects ; Sulfonamides/pharmacology ; Thyroid Neoplasms/drug therapy ; Thyroid Neoplasms/genetics ; Thyroid Neoplasms/metabolism ; Thyroid Neoplasms/pathology ; Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays
BRAF mutation ; drug resistance ; epithelial-mesenchymal transition ; molecular targeted therapy ; thyroid cancer
Previously, the authors have identified that c-Met mediates reactivation of the PI3K/AKT pathway following BRAF inhibitor treatment in BRAF (V600E) mutant anaplastic thyroid cancer, thereby contributing to the acquired drug resistance. Therefore dual inhibition of BRAF and c-Met led to sustained treatment response, thereby maximizing the specific anti-tumor effect of targeted therapy. The present study goes one step further and aims to investigate the effect of acquired resistance of BRAF inhibitor on epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in BRAF mutant thyroid cancer cells and the effect of dual inhibition from combinatorial therapy. Two thyroid cancer cell lines, 8505C and BCPAP were selected and treated with BRAF inhibitor, PLX4032 and its effect on EMT were examined and compared. Further investigation was carried out in orthotopic xenograft mouse models. Unlike BCPAP cells, the BRAF inhibitor resistant 8505C cells showed increased expressions of EMT related markers such as vimentin, β-catenin, and CD44. The combinatorial treatment of PLX4032 and PHA665752, a c-Met inhibitor reversed EMT. Similar results were confirmed in vivo. c-Met-mediated reactivation of the PI3K/AKT pathway contributes to the drug resistance to PLX4032 in BRAF (V600E) mutant anaplastic thyroid cancer cells and further promotes tumor cell migration and invasion by upregulated EMT mechanism. Dual inhibition of BRAF and c-Met leads to reversal of EMT, suggesting a maximal therapeutic response.
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Koh, Yoon Woo(고윤우)
Ku, Min Hee(구민희) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1674-1474
Kim, Da Hee(김다희) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7286-1334
Kim, Jung Min(김정민)
Kim, Chang Hoon(김창훈) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1238-6396
Byeon, Hyung Kwon(변형권)
Yang, Jae Moon(양재문) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7365-0395
Yoon, Sun Och(윤선옥) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5115-1402
Yoon, Joo Heon(윤주헌)
Choi, Eun Chang(최은창)
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