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A selective cyclin-dependent kinase 4, 6 dual inhibitor, Ribociclib (LEE011) inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in aggressive thyroid cancer

 Hyun Joo Lee  ;  Woo Kyung Lee  ;  Chan Woo Kang  ;  Cheol Ryong Ku  ;  Yoon Hee Cho  ;  Eun Jig Lee 
 Cancer Letters, Vol.417 : 131-140, 2018 
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 Cancer Letters 
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CDK4 ; CDK6 ; LEE011 ; Retinoblastoma protein (RB) ; Thyroid cancer
The RB-E2F1 pathway is an important mechanism of cell-cycle control, and deregulation of this pathway is one of the key factors contributing to tumorigenesis. Cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) and Cyclin D have been known to increase in aggressive thyroid cancer. However, there has been no study to investigate effects of a selective CDK 4/6 inhibitor, Ribociclib (LEE011), in thyroid cancer. Performing Western blotting, we found that RB phosphorylation and the expression of Cyclin D are significantly higher in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) cell lines as well as anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) cell lines, compared with normal thyroid cell line and follicular thyroid cancer cell line. LEE011 dose-dependently inhibited RB phosphorylation and also decreased the expressions of its target genes such as FOXM1, Cyclin A1, and Myc in ATC. Furthermore, LEE011 induced cell cycle arrest in G0-G1 phase and cell apoptosis, and inhibited cell proliferation in ATC. Consistently, oral administration of LEE011 to ATC xenograft models strongly inhibited tumor growth with decreased expressions of pRB, pAKT and Ki-67, and also significantly increased tumor cell apoptosis. Taken together, our data support the rationale for clinical development of the CDK4/6 inhibitor as a therapy for patients with aggressive thyroid cancer.
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Ku, Cheol Ryong(구철룡) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8693-9630
Lee, Woo Kyung(이우경) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6737-3173
Lee, Eun Jig(이은직) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9876-8370
Cho, Yoon Hee(조윤희)
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