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J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2009 Aug;94(8):2952-7

Overexpression of interleukin-13 receptor-alpha2 in neuroendocrine malignant pheochromocytoma: a novel target for receptor directed anti-cancer therapy.

Lai EW, Joshi BH, Martiniova L, Dogra R, Fujisawa T, Leland P, de Krijger RR, Lubensky IA, Elkahloun AG, Morris JC, Puri RK, Pacak K

Abstract

CONTEXT: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas are rare catecholamine-secreting neuroendocrine tumors arising from the adrenal medulla and sympathetic tissues. When complete surgical resection is not an option, the treatment of pheochromocytoma is limited. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to identify and characterize overexpression of IL-13 receptor-alpha2 (IL-13Ralpha2) gene expression in human and murine tumors and verify xenograft mouse pheochromocytoma cell (MPC)-derived tumor's response to a selective cytotoxin. DESIGN/SETTING/PATIENTS: Expression of IL-13Ralpha2 was evaluated in a panel of 25 human pheochromocytoma clinical samples by RT-PCR and eight MPC tumors by indirect immunofluorescence assay and RT-PCR. Intervention: The function of IL-13Ralpha2 in these tumor cells was examined by evaluating tumor sensitivity to a recombinant IL-13-Pseudomonas exotoxin (IL-13PE). Subcutaneous small and large MPC tumors in athymic nude mice (n = 10) were treated intratumorally with IL-13PE (100 m icrog/kg). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: IC(50) and tumor size were measured. RESULTS: IL-13PE immunotoxin was highly cytotoxic to IL-13Ralpha2-overexpressing MPC cells (IC(50) <2.5 ng/ml) in vitro. Furthermore, IL-13PE was highly cytotoxic to sc tumors. Our results showed a statistically significant decrease in tumor size as early as 3 d after initial treatment and further suppressed growth of MPC tumors. All tumors displayed a histological evidence of necrosis in response to IL-13 immunotoxin without any adverse effects in host at this dose. CONCLUSIONS: Human and murine neuroendocrine pheochromocytoma overexpress the IL-13Ralpha2 chain, and an IL-13PE-based receptor-directed anticancer approach may prove useful in treatment for metastatic pheochromocytoma patients.


Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #19491224
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2011-10-04 Entry Last Modified: 2012-08-29
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