令和元年 第1回分子生体膜研究所セミナー開催のお知らせ




場所:中央棟2F 20講義室
講師:孔 徳新 (Kong, Dexin) 教授 (天津医科大学・薬学部)
演題:Targeting PI3K/Akt pathway for cancer therapy
抄録:Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway is frequently activated in human cancers. Class I PI3Ks are lipid kinases that phosphorylate phosphatidylinositol 4, 5-bisphosphate (PIP2) at the 3-OH of the inositol ring to generate phosphatidylinositol 3, 4, 5-trisphosphate (PIP3), which in turn activates Akt and the downstream effectors like mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) to play key roles in carcinogenesis. Since frequent overactivation of the upstream RTK (receptor tyrosine kinase), gain-of-function mutations of PI3Ks and loss-of-function mutations of PTEN are found in human cancers, inhibitors targeting PI3K/Akt pathway have been expected as promising anticancer drug candidates. Some PI3K inhibitors like Idelalisib and mTOR inhibitors like Everolimus have been approved, many more inhibitors targeting this pathway are in clinical trials. ZSTK474 is a pan class I PI3K inhibitor we identified. Favorable in vitro and in vivo antitumor efficacy of ZSTK474 led to its proceeding to clinical trial. Stellettin B (STELB) is a triterpene we isolated from marine sponge. Potent antiproliferative activities of STELB were shown on various tumor cell lines while no obvious cytotoxicity was indicated on several normal cell lines. Inhibition of PI3K/Akt pathway by STELB was demonstrated. Potent in vitro and in vivo anti-glioblastoma actitivities of STELB alone or in combination with Temozolomide were shown. In this presentation, the discovery of ZSTK474 and STELB as well as their pharmacological study will be reported after a brief introduction of PI3K/Akt pathway.