AZD3759 enhances radiation effects in non-small-cell lung cancer by a synergistic blockade of epidermal growth factor receptor and Janus kinase-1

The KUBTEC XCELL 160 was used for RA treatment of small animals for in vivo grouping for pharmacological experiments and verification of AZD3759 mechanism of action.

AZD3759 is a novel epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) on the basis of gefitinib and has been proven to enter the central nervous system. Although the promising antitumor effects of AZD3759 on non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have been demonstrated in clinical trials, the regulatory effects of this inhibitor on the antitumor efficacy of radiation (RA) are unclear. The present study aimed to compare the effects of AZD3759 and osimertinib on RA efficacy in NSCLC and explore the potential mechanism of action of AZD3759. We found that the survival in RA-treated NSCLC cells was significantly decreased by treatment with 500 nM AZD3759 and osimertinib at the RA dosage of 8 Gy. The apoptotic rate, cell cycle arrest, and DNA damage in RA-treated NSCLC cells and brain metastasis in RA-treated xenograft nude mice were significantly enhanced by the co-administration of AZD3759 and osimertinib, respectively. In addition, AZD3759 showed a significantly stronger efficacy than osimertinib did. Mechanistically, the receptor tyrosine kinase signaling antibody array revealed that Janus kinase-1 (JAK1) was specifically inhibited by AZD3759, but not by osimertinib. The effects of AZD3759 on RA efficacy in PC-9 cells and in a brain metastasis animal model were significantly abolished by the overexpression of JAK1. Collectively, our results suggested that AZD3759 promoted RA antitumor effects in NSCLC by synergistic blockade of EGFR and JAK1.

Ruing Zhao, Wei Yin, Qingqing Yu, Yanjiao Mao, Qinghua Deng, Ke Zhang &Shenglin Ma

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