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Dasatinib enhances tumor growth in gemcitabine-resistant orthotopic bladder cancer xenografts

Vallo, Stefan, Michaelis, Martin, Gust, Kilian M, Black, Peter C, Rothweiler, Florian, Kvasnicka, Hans-Michael, Blaheta, Roman A, Brandt, Maximilian P, Wezel, Felix, Haferkamp, Axel, and others. (2016) Dasatinib enhances tumor growth in gemcitabine-resistant orthotopic bladder cancer xenografts. BMC research notes, 9 (1). Article Number 454. ISSN 1756-0500. (doi:10.1186/s13104-016-2256-3) (KAR id:57809)

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Systemic chemotherapy with gemcitabine and cisplatin is standard of care for patients with metastatic urothelial bladder cancer. However, resistance formation is common after initial response. The protein Src is known as a proto-oncogene, which is overexpressed in various human cancers. Since there are controversial reports about the role of Src in bladder cancer, we evaluated the efficacy of the Src kinase inhibitor dasatinib in the urothelial bladder cancer cell line RT112 and its gemcitabine-resistant sub-line RT112(r)GEMCI(20) in vitro and in vivo.


RT112 urothelial cancer cells were adapted to growth in the presence of 20 ng/ml gemcitabine (RT112(r)GEMCI(20)) by continuous cultivation at increasing drug concentrations. Cell viability was determined by MTT assay, cell growth kinetics were determined by cell count, protein levels were measured by western blot, and cell migration was evaluated by scratch assays. In vivo tumor growth was tested in a murine orthotopic xenograft model using bioluminescent imaging.


Dasatinib exerted similar effects on Src signaling in RT112 and RT112(r)GEMCI(20) cells but RT112(r)GEMCI(20) cells were less sensitive to dasatinib-induced anti-cancer effects (half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of dasatinib in RT112 cells: 349.2 ± 67.2 nM; IC50 of dasatinib in RT112(r)GEMCI(20) cells: 1081.1 ± 239.2 nM). Dasatinib inhibited migration of chemo-naive and gemcitabine-resistant cells. Most strikingly, dasatinib treatment reduced RT112 tumor growth and muscle invasion in orthotopic xenografts, while it was associated with increased size and muscle-invasive growth in RT112(r)GEMCI(20) tumors.


Dasatinib should be considered with care for the treatment of urothelial cancer, in particular for therapy-refractory cases.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/s13104-016-2256-3
Uncontrolled keywords: Acquired resistance; Cancer cell line collection; Dasatinib; Gemcitabine; Orthotopic xenograft model; Urothelial bladder cancer
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: Martin Michaelis
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 12:14 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2020 15:30 UTC
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