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    P2.04 - Poster Session/ Biology, Pathology, and Molecular Testing (ID 234)

    • Event: WCLC 2015
    • Type: Poster
    • Track: Biology, Pathology, and Molecular Testing
    • Presentations: 1
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      P2.04-057 - Targeting PIM Kinase in NSCLC (ID 933)

      09:30 - 17:00  |  Author(s): M. O'Neill

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      PIM proteins belong to a family of serine/threonine kinases composed of 3 isoforms, PIM1, PIM2 and PIM3, that play a key role in cell cycle regulation, have potent anti-apoptotic activity and play a role in the homing and migration of metastatic cells. Furthermore, PIM kinases have also been shown to be activated in response to Akt pathway inhibition, indicating a role in adaptive responses to inhibition of this pathway potentially leading to treatment resistance. Thus, there is a strong rationale for combining PIM kinase inhibition with inhibition of the Akt pathway (i.e., inhibitors of EGFR, PI3K, Akt and mTOR). PIM kinase has been recognised as a therapeutic target particularly in haematological malignancies however the role of PIM kinases in solid tumours and NSCLC in particular are less well characterised. This study is the first to elucidate the expression of all 3 PIM isoforms in NSCLC cell lines and patient tumours as well as to examine the effect of Inflection Bioscience Ltd novel dual PI3K/PIM kinase (IBL-202) and triple PI3K/mTOR/PIM kinase (IBL-301) targeted therapies in-vitro and in-vivo.

      PIM 1/2/3 protein expression was quantified by western blot analysis in a panel of NSCLC cell lines and 40 matched normal/tumour tissues from NSCLC patients (20 adenocarcinoma and 20 squamous cell carcinoma). PIM kinase expression was correlated to patient clinicopathological characteristics and survival data. The effectiveness of IBL-202 and IBL-301 on proliferation and apoptosis in NSCLC cell lines were examined by BrdU and Annexin V/PI FACS analysis, respectively. A head-to-head in-vivo study of IBL-202 vs. IBL-301 in xenograft nude mice formed using H1975 cells is ongoing.

      All 3 isoforms of PIM kinase are highly expressed across a panel of NSCLC cell lines. PIM kinase is expressed in ~ 90% of NSCLC tumour tissues across all stages of the disease. IBL-202 and IBL-301 induced apoptosis and decreased cell proliferation in NSCLC cell lines at micromolar concentrations in-vitro. The in-vivo study is ongoing and results will be presented.

      PIM kinase is a promising new therapeutic target for the treatment of NSCLC patients. Dual PI3K/PIM kinase (IBL-202) and triple PI3K/mTOR/PIM kinase (IBL-301) targeted therapies have demonstrated pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative activity in-vitro and in-vivo and should be considered in the treatment of NSCLC patients.

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