Efficacy of SERD/SERM Hybrid-CDK4/6 Inhibitor Combinations in Models of Endocrine Therapy-Resistant Breast Cancer

Suzanne E. Wardell, Matthew J. Ellis, Holly M. Alley, Koleen Eisele, Todd VanArsdale, Stephen G. Dann, Kim T. Arndt, Tina Primeau, Elizabeth Griffin, Jieya Shao, Robert Crowder, Jin Ping Lai, John D. Norris, Donald P. McDonnell, Shunqiang Li

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Purpose: Endocrine therapy, using tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor, remains first-line therapy for the management of estrogen receptor (ESR1)'positive breast cancer. However, ESR1 mutations or other ligand-independent ESR1 activation mechanisms limit the duration of response. The clinical efficacy of fulvestrant, a selective estrogen receptor downregulator (SERD) that competitively inhibits agonist binding to ESR1 and triggers receptor downregulation, has confirmed that ESR1 frequently remains engaged in endocrine therapy'resistant cancers. We evaluated the activity of a new class of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERM)/SERD hybrids (SSH) that downregulate ESR1 in relevant models of endocrine- resistant breast cancer. Building on the observation that concurrent inhibition of ESR1 and the cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) significantly increased progression- free survival in advanced patients, we explored the activity of different SERD' or SSH'CDK4/6 inhibitor combinations in models of endocrine therapy'resistant ESR1+ breast cancer. Experimental Design: SERDs, SSHs, and the CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib were evaluated as single agents or in combination in established cellular and animal models of endocrine therapy' resistant ESR1+ breast cancer. Results: The combination of palbociclib with a SERD or an SSH was shown to effectively inhibit the growth of MCF7 cell or ESR1- mutant patient-derived tumor xenografts. In tamoxifen-resistant MCF7 xenografts, the palbociclib/SERD or SSH combination resulted in an increased duration of response as compared with either drug alone. Conclusions: A SERD' or SSH'palbociclib combination has therapeutic potential in breast tumors resistant to endocrine therapies or those expressing ESR1 mutations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5121-5130
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 15 2015

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