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XPO1 inhibitor combination therapy with bortezomib or carfilzomib induces nuclear localization of IκBα and overcomes acquired proteasome inhibitor resistance in human multiple myeloma

Joel G. Turner, Trinayan Kashyap, Jana L. Dawson, Juan Gomez, Alexis A. Bauer, Steven Grant, Yun Dai, Kenneth H. Shain, Mark Meads, Yosef Landesman and Daniel M. Sullivan _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:78896-78909. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.12969

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Joel G. Turner1, Trinayan Kashyap2, Jana L. Dawson1, Juan Gomez1, Alexis A. Bauer1, Steven Grant3, Yun Dai3, Kenneth H. Shain1,4, Mark Meads1, Yosef Landesman2, Daniel M. Sullivan1,5

1Chemical Biology and Molecular Medicine Program, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA

2Karyopharm Therapeutics, Natick, MA, USA

3Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA

4Department of Malignant Hematology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA

5Department of Blood & Marrow Transplantation, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA

Correspondence to:

Daniel M. Sullivan, email: dan.sullivan@moffitt.org

Keywords: XPO1, bortezomib, carfilzomib, multiple myeloma, acquired drug resistance

Received: July 26, 2016     Accepted: October 12, 2016     Published: October 28, 2016


Acquired proteasome-inhibitor (PI) resistance is a major obstacle in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM). We investigated whether the clinical XPO1-inhibitor selinexor, when combined with bortezomib or carfilzomib, could overcome acquired resistance in MM. PI-resistant myeloma cell lines both in vitro and in vivo and refractory myeloma patient biopsies were treated with selinexor/bortezomib or carfilzomib and assayed for apoptosis. Mechanistic studies included NFκB pathway protein expression assays, immunofluorescence microscopy, ImageStream flow-cytometry, and proximity-ligation assays. IκBα knockdown and NFκB activity were measured in selinexor/bortezomib-treated MM cells. We found that selinexor restored sensitivity of PI-resistant MM to bortezomib and carfilzomib. Selinexor/bortezomib treatment inhibited PI-resistant MM tumor growth and increased survival in mice. Myeloma cells from PI-refractory MM patients were sensitized by selinexor to bortezomib and carfilzomib without affecting non-myeloma cells. Immunofluorescence microscopy, Western blot, and ImageStream analyses of MM cells showed increases in total and nuclear IκBα by selinexor/bortezomib. Proximity ligation found increased IκBα-NFκB complexes in treated MM cells. IκBα knockdown abrogated selinexor/bortezomib-induced cytotoxicity in MM cells. Selinexor/bortezomib treatment decreased NFκB transcriptional activity. Selinexor, when used with bortezomib or carfilzomib, has the potential to overcome PI drug resistance in MM. Sensitization may be due to inactivation of the NFκB pathway by IκBα.

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