Hematology/Oncology, The University of Arizona Cancer Center.
Aurora A and B are oncogenic serine/threonine kinases that regulate mitosis. Over-expression of Auroras promotes resistance to microtubule targeted agents. We investigated mechanistic synergy by inhibiting the mitotic spindle apparatus in the presence of MLN8237 [M], an Aurora A inhibitor with either vincristine [MV] or docetaxel [MD] in aggressive B-NHL. The addition of rituximab [R] to MV or MD was evaluated for synthetic lethality.
Aggressive B-NHL cell subtypes were evaluated in vitro and in vivo for target modulation and anti-NHL activity with single agents, doublets and triplets by analyzing cell proliferation, apoptosis, tumor growth, survival and mechanisms of response/relapse by gene expression profiling with protein validation.
MV is synergistic while MD is additive for cell proliferation inhibition in B-NHL cell culture models. Addition of R to MV is superior to MD but both significantly induce apoptosis compared to doublet therapy. Mouse xenograft models of mantle cell lymphoma showed modest single agent activity for M, R, D and V with tumor growth inhibition (TGI) of ~10-15%. Of the doublets, MV caused tumor regression, while TGI was observed with MD (~55-60%) and MR (~25-50%) respectively. Although MV caused tumor regression, mice relapsed 20 days after stopping therapy. In contrast, MVR was curative, while MDR led to TGI of ~85%. PCNA, Aurora B, cyclin B1, cyclin D1 and Bcl-2 proteins of harvested tumors confirmed response and resistance to therapy.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.