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JAK2 inhibitor TG101348 overcomes erlotinib-resistance in non-small cell lung carcinoma cells with mutated EGF receptor

Fu-quan Zhang _, Wen-tao Yang, Shan-zhou Duan, Ying-chen Xia, Rong-ying Zhu and Yong-bing Chen

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:14329-14343. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.3685

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Fu-quan Zhang1,*, Wen-tao Yang1,*, Shan-zhou Duan1, Ying-chen Xia1, Rong-ying Zhu1 and Yong-bing Chen1

1 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

* These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Yong-bing Chen, email:

Keywords: non-small cell lung cancer, TG101348, erlotinib, drug resistance, cancer therapy

Received: November 14, 2014 Accepted: March 03, 2015 Published: March 29, 2015


Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations are responsive to EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI). However, NSCLC patients with secondary somatic EGFR mutations are resistant to EGFR-TKI treatment. In this study, we investigated the effect of TG101348 (a JAK2 inhibitor) on the tumor growth of erlotinib-resistant NSCLC cells. Cell proliferation, apoptosis, gene expression and tumor growth were evaluated by diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, flow cytometry, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase biotin-dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) staining, Western Blot and a xenograft mouse model, respectively. Results showed that erlotinib had a stronger impact on the induction of apoptosis in erlotinib-sensitive PC-9 cells but had a weaker effect on erlotinib-resistant H1975 and H1650 cells than TG101348. TG101348 significantly enhanced the cytotoxicity of erlotinib to erlotinib-resistant NSCLC cells, stimulated erlotinib-induced apoptosis and downregulated the expressions of EGFR, p-EGFR, p-STAT3, Bcl-xL and survivin in erlotinib-resistant NSCLC cells. Moreover, the combined treatment of TG101348 and erlotinib induced apoptosis, inhibited the activation of p-EGFR and p-STAT3, and inhibited tumor growth of erlotinib-resistant NSCLC cells in vivo. Our results indicate that TG101348 is a potential adjuvant for NSCLC patients during erlotinib treatment.

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