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Multiple receptor tyrosine kinase activation attenuates therapeutic efficacy of the fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 inhibitor AZD4547 in FGFR2 amplified gastric cancer

Jinjia Chang, Shanshan Wang, Zhe Zhang, Xinyang Liu, Zheng Wu, Ruixuan Geng, Xiaoxiao Ge, Congqi Dai, Rujiao Liu, Qunling Zhang, Wenhua Li and Jin Li _

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:2009-2022. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.2987

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Jinjia Chang1,*, Shanshan Wang1,*, Zhe Zhang1, Xinyang Liu1, Zheng Wu1, Ruixuan Geng1, Xiaoxiao Ge1, Congqi Dai1, Rujiao Liu1, Qunling Zhang1, Wenhua Li1 and Jin Li1

1 Department of Medical Oncology, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

* These authors contributed equally to this work


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Keywords: drug resistance, gastric cancer, AZD4547, FGFR2

Received: September 16, 2014 Accepted: December 09, 2014 Published: December 10, 2014


Fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2)-targeted therapy has attracted considerable attention as novel anticancer agents in gastric cancer (GC). However, intrinsic or acquired drug resistance has emerged as a major challenge to their clinical use. In this study, we demonstrated that several receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK), including EGFR, HER3 and MET, activations contributed to AZD4547 (a selective FGFR2 inhibitor) hyposensitivity in FGFR2 amplified GC cells. The rescue effect was abrogated by inhibiting these RTKs with their targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). In addition, synergy in growth inhibition was observed when the GC cells were treated with a combination of AZD4547 and cetuximab (an EGFR monoclonal antibody) both in vitro and in vivo. More importantly, tissue microarray analysis revealed that these resistance-conferring RTKs were highly expressed in FGFR2 positive GC patients. Taken together, these observations demonstrated RTKs including EGFR, HER3 and MET activations as novel mechanisms of hyposensitivity to AZD4547. It will be clinically valuable to investigate the involvement of RTK-mediated signaling in intrinsicor acquired resistance to FGFR2 TKIs in GC. A combination targeted therapeutic strategy may be recommended for treating FGFR2 amplified GC patients with these RTK activations.

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