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Identification and validation of a novel biologics target in triple negative breast cancer

  • The goal of this study was to identify a novel target for antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) development in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), which has limited treatment options, using gene expression datasets and in vitro siRNA/CRISPR and in vivo functional assays. We analyzed 4467 breast cancers and identified GABRP as top expressed gene in TNBC with low expression in most normal tissues. GABRP protein was localized to cell membrane with broad range of receptors/cell (815–53,714) and expressed by nearly half of breast cancers tissues. GABRP gene knockdown inhibited TNBC cell growth and colony formation in vitro and growth of MDA-MB-468 xenografts in nude mice. Commercially available anti-GABRP antibody (5–100 μg/ml) or de novo generated Fabs (20 μg/ml) inhibited TNBC cell growth in vitro. The same antibody conjugated to mertansine (DM1) also showed significant anticancer activity at nanomolar concentrations. Our results indicate that GABRP is a potential novel therapeutic target for ADC development.
Author:Vikram B. Wali, Gauri A. Patwardhan, Vasiliki Pelekanou, Thomas Karn, Jian Cao, Alberto Ocana, Qin Yan, Bryce Nelson, Christos Hatzis, Lajos Pusztai
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Parent Title (English):Scientific reports
Publisher:Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature
Place of publication:[London]
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2019
Date of first Publication:2019/10/17
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/07/15
Tag:Breast cancer; Target identification
Issue:1, Art. 14934
Page Number:10
First Page:1
Last Page:10
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Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0