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Preclinical pharmacodynamic evaluation of drug candidate SKLB-178 in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer

Lei Zhong, Jiao Yang, Zhixing Cao, Xin Chen, Yiguo Hu, Linli Li and Shengyong Yang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:12843-12854. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.14597

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Lei Zhong1,2,*, Jiao Yang1,*, Zhixing Cao3,*, Xin Chen1, Yiguo Hu1, Linli Li4, Shengyong Yang1

1State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University/Collaborative Innovation Center of Biotherapy, Sichuan 610041, China

2Personalized Drug Therapy Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Hospital of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, Sichuan 610072, China

3Pharmacy College, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sichuan 611137, China

4Key Laboratory of Drug Targeting and Drug Delivery System, Ministry of Education, West China School of pharmacy, Sichuan University, Sichuan 610041, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Linli Li, email: [email protected]

Shengyong Yang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: SKLB-178, non-small cell lung cancer, multikinase inhibitor, EGFR, Src

Received: September 13, 2016     Accepted: November 23, 2016     Published: January 11, 2017


Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a serious life-threatening malignancy. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors, such as Gefitinib and Erlotinib, are effective clinical medicines for advanced NSCLC patients harboring EGFR-activating mutations. However, this therapy just benefits a small percentage of sufferers. Worse still, all patients treated with drugs ultimately develop resistance. Hence, there is still an unmet medical need among patients with NSCLC. In this account, we report a novel multikinase inhibitor SKLB-178, which potently inhibits both EGFR-activating and resistant mutations, as well as the activities of Src and VEGFR2 kinases. SKLB-178 potently inhibited cancer cell growth in both Gefitinib-sensitive and resistant NSCLC cells. Meanwhile, SKLB-178 significantly suppressed the migration, invasion and tube formation of endothelial cells, and the growth of intersegmental vessel in zebrafish. The in vivo pharmacodynamic studies further demonstrated that SKLB-178 had wider potency than Gefitinib, and could significantly prolong survival of animals in A549 experimental metastasis model. These advantages together with the low toxicity of SKLB-178 indicate that SKLB-178 deserves to be further developed as a potential drug candidate for NSCLC therapy.

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