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BET bromodomain inhibition of MYC-amplified medulloblastoma

Pratiti Bandopadhayay, Guillaume Bergthold, Brian Nguyen, Simone Schubert, Sharareh Gholamin, Yujie Tang, Sara Bolin, Steven E Schumacher, Rhamy Zeid, Sabran Masoud, Furong Yu, Nujsaubnusi Vue, William J Gibson, Brenton R Paolella, Siddhartha S Mitra, Samuel H Cheshier, Jun Qi, Kun-Wei Liu, Robert Wechsler-Reya, William A Weiss, Fredrik J Swartling, Mark W Kieran, James E Bradner, Rameen Beroukhim, Yoon-Jae Cho
Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research 2014 February 15, 20 (4): 912-25
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PURPOSE: MYC-amplified medulloblastomas are highly lethal tumors. Bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) bromodomain inhibition has recently been shown to suppress MYC-associated transcriptional activity in other cancers. The compound JQ1 inhibits BET bromodomain-containing proteins, including BRD4. Here, we investigate BET bromodomain targeting for the treatment of MYC-amplified medulloblastoma.

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We evaluated the effects of genetic and pharmacologic inhibition of BET bromodomains on proliferation, cell cycle, and apoptosis in established and newly generated patient- and genetically engineered mouse model (GEMM)-derived medulloblastoma cell lines and xenografts that harbored amplifications of MYC or MYCN. We also assessed the effect of JQ1 on MYC expression and global MYC-associated transcriptional activity. We assessed the in vivo efficacy of JQ1 in orthotopic xenografts established in immunocompromised mice.

RESULTS: Treatment of MYC-amplified medulloblastoma cells with JQ1 decreased cell viability associated with arrest at G1 and apoptosis. We observed downregulation of MYC expression and confirmed the inhibition of MYC-associated transcriptional targets. The exogenous expression of MYC from a retroviral promoter reduced the effect of JQ1 on cell viability, suggesting that attenuated levels of MYC contribute to the functional effects of JQ1. JQ1 significantly prolonged the survival of orthotopic xenograft models of MYC-amplified medulloblastoma (P < 0.001). Xenografts harvested from mice after five doses of JQ1 had reduced the expression of MYC mRNA and a reduced proliferative index.

CONCLUSION: JQ1 suppresses MYC expression and MYC-associated transcriptional activity in medulloblastomas, resulting in an overall decrease in medulloblastoma cell viability. These preclinical findings highlight the promise of BET bromodomain inhibitors as novel agents for MYC-amplified medulloblastoma.

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