SQ1274, a novel microtubule inhibitor, inhibits ovarian and uterine cancer cell growth

Kathryn A. Mills, S. Tanner Roach, Jeanne M. Quinn, Lei Guo, Hollie M. Beck, Elena Lomonosova, Anna R. Ilivicky, Courtney M. Starks, Julie A. Lawrence, Andrea R. Hagemann, Carolyn McCourt, Premal H. Thaker, Matthew A. Powell, David G. Mutch, Katherine C. Fuh

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Abstract

Objective: Paclitaxel, a microtubule inhibitor, is subject to tumor resistance while treating high-grade serous ovarian and uterine cancer. This study aims to directly compare the effects of SQ1274, a novel microtubule inhibitor that binds to the colchicine-binding site on tubulin, and paclitaxel in high-grade serous ovarian and uterine cancer cell lines both in vitro and in vivo. Methods: We assessed the sensitivity of ovarian (OVCAR8) and uterine (ARK1) cancer cell lines to SQ1274 and paclitaxel using XTT assays. We used western blot and quantitative real-time PCR to analyze changes in AXL RNA and protein expression by SQ1274 and paclitaxel. Differences in cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis were investigated using flow cytometry. Finally, we treated ovarian and uterine xenograft models with vehicle, paclitaxel, or SQ1274. Results: First, we demonstrate that SQ1274 has a much lower IC50 than paclitaxel in both ARK1 (1.26 nM vs. 15.34 nM, respectively) and OVCAR8 (1.34 nM vs. 10.29 nM, respectively) cancer cell lines. Second, we show SQ1274 decreases both RNA and protein expression of AXL. Third, we show that SQ1274 causes increased cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis compared to paclitaxel. Finally, we report that SQ1274 more effectively inhibits tumor growth in vivo compared to paclitaxel. Conclusions: SQ1274 presents as a viable alternative to paclitaxel for treating ovarian and uterine cancer. This study supports the development of SQ1274 as a chemotherapeutic to treat ovarian and uterine cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-344
Number of pages8
JournalGynecologic oncology
Volume151
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2018

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