Dynamic and nuclear expression of PDGFRα and IGF-1R in alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma

M. Imran Aslam, Simone Hettmer, Jinu Abraham, Dorian Latocha, Anuradha Soundararajan, Elaine T. Huang, Martin W. Goros, Joel E. Michalek, Shuyu Wang, Atiya Mansoor, Brian Druker, Amy J. Wagers, Jeffrey Tyner, Charles Keller

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Abstract

Since the advent of tyrosine kinase inhibitors as targeted therapies in cancer, several receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) have been identified as operationally important for disease progression. Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a malignancy in need of new treatment options; therefore, better understanding of the heterogeneity of RTKs would advance this goal. Here, alveolar RMS (aRMS) tumor cells derived from a transgenic mouse model expressing two such RTKs, platelet-derived growth factor (PDGFR)a and insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1R, were investigated by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). Sorted subpopulations that were positive or negative for PDGFRa and IGF-1R dynamically altered their cell surface RTK expression profiles as early as the first cell division. Interestingly, a difference in total PDGFRa expression and nuclear IGF-1R expression was conserved in populations. Nuclear IGF-1R expression was greater than cytoplasmic IGF-1R in cells with initially high cell surface IGF-1R, and cells with high nuclear IGF-1R established tumors more efficiently in vivo. RNA interferencemediated silencing of IGF-1R in the subpopulation of cells initially harboring higher cell surface and total IGF-1R resulted in significantly reduced anchorage-independent colony formation as compared with cells with initially lower cell surface and total IGF-1R expression. Finally, in accordance with the findings observed in murine aRMS, human aRMS also had robust expression of nuclear IGF-1R Implications: RTK expression status and subcellular localization dynamics are important considerations for personalized medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1303-1313
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Cancer Research
Volume11
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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Aslam, M. I., Hettmer, S., Abraham, J., Latocha, D., Soundararajan, A., Huang, E. T., ... Keller, C. (2013). Dynamic and nuclear expression of PDGFRα and IGF-1R in alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Molecular Cancer Research, 11(11), 1303-1313. https://doi.org/10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-12-0598