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The dual PI3K/mTOR inhibitor GSK2126458 is effective for treating solid renal tumours in Tsc2+/- mice through suppression of cell proliferation and induction of apoptosis

Kalin Narov, Jian Yang, Paulina Samsel, Ashley Jones, Julian R. Sampson and Ming Hong Shen _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:58504-58512. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.17215

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Kalin Narov1,*, Jian Yang1,*, Paulina Samsel1, Ashley Jones1, Julian R. Sampson1 and Ming Hong Shen1

1Institute of Medical Genetics, Division of Cancer and Genetics, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XN, UK

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Ming Hong Shen, email: [email protected]

Keywords: tuberous sclerosis, mTOR, rapamycin, GSK2126458, renal tumours

Received: January 12, 2017     Accepted: March 24, 2017     Published: April 19, 2017


Tuberous sclerosis (TSC) is an inherited tumour syndrome caused by mutations in TSC1 or TSC2 that lead to aberrant activation of mTOR. Tumour responses in TSC patients to rapamycin, an allosteric inhibitor of mTOR, or its analogs are partial and reversible probably due to feedback activation of Akt. In this study, we examined the efficacy of GSK2126458, an ATP-competitive dual inhibitor of PI3K/mTOR, in comparison to rapamycin for treatment of renal tumours in genetically engineered Tsc2+/- mice. We found that both GSK2126458 and rapamycin caused significant reduction in number and size of solid renal tumours. GSK2126458 also significantly reduced the number and size of all lesions (cystic, papillary and solid) although to a lesser extent compared to rapamycin. GSK2126458 inhibited both PI3K and mTOR while rapamycin exerted stronger inhibitory effect on mTORC1 in renal tumours. Furthermore, GSK2126458 and rapamycin suppressed proliferation of tumour cells. Importantly, GSK2126458 increased apoptosis of solid tumours but rapamycin did not. Further investigations are therefore needed to test whether rapamycin in combination with GSK2126458 could promote apoptosis and thus improve therapy of TSC-associated renal tumours.

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