Halofuginone inhibits TGF-β/BMP signaling and in combination with zoledronic acid enhances inhibition of breast cancer bone metastasis

More efficient therapies that target multiple molecular mechanisms are needed for the treatment of incurable bone metastases. Halofuginone is a plant alkaloid-derivative with antiangiogenic and antiproliferative effects. Here we demonstrate that halofuginone is an effective therapy for the treatment of bone metastases, through multiple actions that include inhibition of TGFβ and BMP-signaling.

Genetic deletion of Sost or pharmacological inhibition of sclerostin prevent multiple myeloma-induced bone disease without affecting tumor growth

Multiple myeloma (MM) causes lytic bone lesions due to increased bone resorption and concomitant marked suppression of bone formation. Sclerostin (Scl), an osteocyte-derived inhibitor of Wnt/β-catenin signaling, is elevated in MM patient sera and increased in osteocytes in MM-bearing mice.

Relevance Of ID3-TCF3-CCND3 Pathway Mutations In Pediatric Aggressive B-Cell Lymphoma Treated According To The NHL-BFM Protocols

Mature B-cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the most common subtype of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in childhood and adolescence. B-cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma are further classified into histological subtypes, with Burkitt lymphoma and Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma being the most common subgroups in pediatric patients. Translocations involving the MYC oncogene are known as relevant but not sufficient hit for Burkitt lymphoma pathogenesis.

p120-Catenin Is Required for Dietary Calcium Suppression of Oral Carcinogenesis in Mice

Previous studies have shown that dietary calcium suppresses oral carcinogenesis, but the mechanism is unclear. p120-catenin (p120) is a cytoplasmic protein closely associated with E-cadherin to form the E-cadherin-β-catenin complex and may function as a tumor suppressor in the oral epithelium.

Thymidine phosphorylase exerts complex effects on bone resorption and formation in myeloma

Myelomatous bone disease is characterized by the development of lytic bone lesions and a concomitant reduction in bone formation, leading to chronic bone pain and fractures. To understand the underlying mechanism, we investigated the contribution of myeloma-expressed thymidine phosphorylase (TP) to bone lesions.

Inhibition of Transforming Growth Factor β Activation Diminishes Tumor Progression and Osteolytic Bone Disease in Mouse Models of Multiple Myeloma


Ailing Lu, Manuel Antonio Pallero, Weiqi Lei, Huixian Hong, Yang Yang, Mark J. Suto, Joanne E. Murphy-Ullrich


Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β supports multiple myeloma progression and associated osteolytic bone disease. Conversion of latent TGF-β to its biologically active form is a major regulatory node in controlling its activity. Thrombospondin1 (TSP1) binds and activates TGF-β. TSP1 is increased in myeloma; TSP1–TGF-β activation inhibits osteoblast differentiation. We hypothesized that TSP1 regulates TGF-β activity in myeloma and antagonizing TSP1–TGF-β axis may inhibit myeloma progression. Antagonists (LSKL peptide, SRI31277) derived from the LSKL sequence of latent TGF-β that block TSP1–TGF-β activation were used to determine the role of the TSP1–TGF-β pathway in three mouse models of myeloma. TSP1 bound to human myeloma cells and activated latent TGF-β produced by human and mouse myeloma cell lines. Treatment with antagonists delivered via osmotic pump in an intratibial severe combined immunodeficiency CAG myeloma model or in a systemic severe combined immunodeficiency CAG-heparanase model of aggressive myeloma reduced tumor burden, mouse interleukin-6, and osteoclasts, increased osteoblast number, and inhibited bone destruction as measured by microcomputed tomography. Antagonists reduced TGF-β signaling (phospho-Smad2) in bone sections and reduced tumor burden in the immune competent 5TGM1 model of mouse myeloma. SRI31277 was as effective as dexamethasone or bortezomib, and SRI31277 combined with bortezomib showed greater tumor reduction than either agent alone. These studies validate TSP1-regulated TGF-β activation as a therapeutic strategy for targeted inhibition of TGF-β in myeloma.

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