Strong activation of the oncogenic Wnt/beta-catenin pathway is a main mechanism of resistance to FOXO3a-induced apoptosis promoted by PI3K and AKT inhibitors in colorectal cancer (CRC). Reducing Wnt/beta-catenin activity would sensitize colorectal tumors to these inhibitors. However, no Wnt/beta-catenin signaling inhibitor has proven clinical potential yet. Recently, inhibitors that block tankyrases were shown to reduce colon cancer cell proliferation by decreasing nuclear beta-catenin. We aim to identify determinants of response to these novel Wnt-inhibitors. Therefore, we treated in vivo three different patient-derived xenograft models (PDX; P2, P5 and P30) growing subcutaneously in NOD SCID mice with the novel tankyrase inhibitor NVP-TNKS656.
|Date made available||15 Aug 2015|