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Selective inhibitors of nuclear export (SINE) as novel therapeutics for prostate cancer

Janet Mendonca, Anup Sharma, Hae-Soo Kim, Hans Hammers, Alan Meeker, Angelo De Marzo, Michael Carducci, Michael Kauffman, Sharon Shacham and Sushant Kachhap _

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Oncotarget. 2014; 5:6102-6112. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.2174

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Janet Mendonca1,*, Anup Sharma1,*, Hae-Soo Kim1, Hans Hammers1, Alan Meeker1, Angelo De Marzo1, Michael Carducci1, Michael Kauffman2, Sharon Shacham2, Sushant Kachhap1

1 Department of Oncology, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD

2 Karyopharm Therapeutics, Natick, MA

* These authors contributed equally to this work


Sushant Kachhap, email:

Keywords: Nucleocytoplasmic transport, CRM1, XPO 1, SINE inhibitors, prostate cancer

Received: February 28, 2014 Accepted: July 05, 2014 Published: July 07, 2014


Mislocalization of proteins is a common feature of cancer cells. Since localization of proteins is tightly linked to its function, cancer cells can inactivate function of a tumor suppressor protein through mislocalization. The nuclear exportin CRM1/XPO 1 is upregulated in many cancers. Targeting XPO 1 can lead to nuclear retention of cargo proteins such as p53, Foxo, and BRCA1 leading to cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. We demonstrate that selective inhibitors of nuclear export (SINE) can functionally inactivate XPO 1 in prostate cancer cells. Unlike the potent, but toxic, XPO 1 inhibitor leptomycin B, SINE inhibitors (KPT-185, KPT-330, and KPT-251) cause a decrease in XPO 1 protein level through the proteasomal pathway. Treatment of prostate cancer cells with SINE inhibitors lead to XPO 1 inhibition, as evaluated by RevGFP export assay, leading to nuclear retention of p53 and Foxo proteins, consequently, triggering apoptosis. Our data reveal that treatment with SINE inhibitors at nanomolar concentrations results in decrease in proliferation and colonogenic capacity of prostate cancer cells by triggering apoptosis without causing any cell cycle arrest. We further demonstrate that SINE inhibitors can be combined with other chemotherapeutics like doxorubicin to achieve enhanced growth inhibition of prostate cancer cells. Since SINE inhibitors offer increased bioavailability, reduced toxicity to normal cells, and are orally available they can serve as effective therapeutics against prostate cancer. In conclusion, our data reveals that nucleocytoplasmic transport in prostate cancer can be effectively targeted by SINE inhibitors.

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