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Wang Y, Liu J, Jia W, et al.
Comparison of the Therapeutic Efficacy of the Early and the Delayed Use of Vinorelbine-Based Regimens for Patients with Advanced Breast Cancer.
Chemotherapy. 2017; 62(1):71-79 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of vinorelbine-based regimens as first-, second- and more-line therapies in advanced breast cancer (ABC) and to analyze the best timing of vinorelbine treatment.
METHODS: A total of 71 ABC patients were retrospectively reviewed. Of these, 35 patients were treated with vinorelbine-based regimens as first-line chemotherapy, and 36 patients were treated with vinorelbine-based regimens as second-line or more-line therapy. The primary end point of the study was progression-free survival (PFS).
RESULTS: No difference was found in baseline characteristics between the two groups (p > 0.1 for all comparisons). There was a significant difference in the objective response rate (ORR; p = 0.006) and clinical benefit rate (CBR; p = 0.013) between the first-line group and the second- or more-line groups. In the vinorelbine first-line group, the ORR was 68.6% (24 patients), and in the second-line or more-line groups the ORR was 36.1% (13 patients). A significant difference in PFS between the first-line group and the second-line or more-line groups was also observed (p = 0.030). The median PFS in the overall population was 6.3 ± 1.32 months (95% CI 3.69-8.90). The median PFS was 11.1 ± 3.76 months (95% CI 3.73-18.47) in the first-line group compared with 5.2 ± 1.35 months (95% CI 2.54-7.85) in the second-line or more-line groups. In patients treated with vinorelbine-trastuzumab combination as the first-line therapy, a complete response was observed in 1 patient (12.5%) and partial response in 5 patients (62.5%), giving an ORR of 75.0%. Progressive disease was observed in 1 patient (12.5%), and stable disease in 1 patient (12.5%), leading to a CBR of 87.5%. The median PFS was 13.8 ± 2.75 months (95% CI 8.42-19.18), and median OS was 37.0 ± 11.6 months (95% CI 14.18-59.82). No significant difference was found in overall survival (OS) between the groups (p = 0.612).
CONCLUSION: For ABC patients, no significant difference in median OS was found between the early use and delayed use of vinorelbine-based regimens, but the short-term efficacy and PFS of vinorelbine-based regimens were significantly better in the early use group than in the delayed use group.

Wang H, Li W, Lai B, et al.
Role of 3' repressor sequences of p53 in anti-cancer drug sensitivity of human lung tumor cells.
Gene. 2016; 594(2):190-196 [PubMed] Related Publications
INTRODUCTION: The C-terminus of p53 and non-coding mRNAs play critical roles in negative regulation. However, their impact on anti-cancer drug sensitivity remains unclear.
METHODS: In this study, we investigated the effects of p53 deleting these sequences on anti-cancer drug sensitivity by drug sensitivity test, flow cytometry, Agilent mRNA expression microarray detection, transplantation tumor in nude mice.
RESULTS: The results showed that the cell line with p53 deleted the C-terminal sequences (p53(del)) was more sensitive to navelbine (NVB) compared to the cell line that carried the full length p53 (p53(wt)). The p53(del) cells was more sensitive to cisplatin (PDD) and 5-fluorouracil (5FU) than p53(wt) cells but there was not significant difference. NVB treatment led to significant G2 arrest and apoptosis in p53(del) cells but not in p53(wt) cells. mRNA expression profile of p53(del) cells indicated that approximately 11% of the 41,000 genes in genome showed differential expression after NVB treatment, among which 2064 genes were up-regulated and 2784 were down-regulated with fold change >2 (P<0.01). Tumor transplantation assay in nude mice showed that the p53 truncation significantly increased tumor sensitivity to NVB compared to the full-length p53, with 99.46% tumor inhibition.
CONCLUSIONS: In summary, deletion of 37 amino acid residues (356-393) and 3' non-coding mRNAs at the C-terminus of p53 selectively increased tumor sensitivity to the mitotic inhibitor NVB.

Gourmelon C, Bourien H, Augereau P, et al.
Vinflunine for the treatment of breast cancer.
Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2016; 17(13):1817-23 [PubMed] Related Publications
INTRODUCTION: Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the highest cause of cancer mortality in females worldwide. The development of drugs improving overall survival in late-stage metastatic breast cancer remains a challenge. Vinflunine is the most recently developed drug in the vinca alkaloid class. Its arrival has been eagerly awaited for treatment of solid tumors, and in particular, for metastatic breast cancer.
AREAS COVERED: The pharmacological features of vinflunine are described. Its clinical development as monotherapy or in combination in metastatic breast cancer is detailed. A literature search on the topic was conducted through PubMed, clinical trials and the proceedings of the main cancer congresses.
EXPERT OPINION: The overall results from phase III studies, and in particular those that combined vinflunine with capecitabine, have been less favorable. The combination's effectiveness was at best moderate compared with other drugs which also target metastatic breast cancer, and complicated by significant hematological and gastrointestinal adverse effects. Its use in advanced metastatic breast cancer cannot currently be recommended.

Elharrar X, Barbolosi D, Ciccolini J, et al.
A phase Ia/Ib clinical trial of metronomic chemotherapy based on a mathematical model of oral vinorelbine in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma: rationale and study protocol.
BMC Cancer. 2016; 16:278 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Metronomic oral vinorelbine is effective in metastatic NSCLC and malignant pleural mesothelioma, but all the studies published thus far were based upon a variety of empirical and possibly suboptimal schedules, with inconsistent results. Mathematical modelling showed by simulation that a new metronomic protocol could lead to a better safety and efficacy profile.
DESIGN: This phase Ia/Ib trial was designed to confirm safety (phase Ia) and evaluate efficacy (phase Ib) of a new metronomic oral vinorelbine schedule. Patients with metastatic NSCLC or malignant pleural mesothelioma in whom standard treatments failed and who exhibited ECOG performance status 0-2 and adequate organ function will be eligible. Our mathematical PK-PD model suggested an alternative weekly D1, D2 and D4 schedule (named Vinorelbine Theoretical Protocol) with a respective dose of 60, 30 and 60 mg. Trial recruitment will be two-staged, as 12 patients are planned to participate in phase Ia to confirm safety and consolidate the calibration of the model parameters. Depending on the phase Ia results and after a favourable decision from a consultative committee, the extension phase (phase Ib) will be an efficacy study including 20 patients who will receive the Optimal Vinorelbine Theoretical Protocol. The primary endpoint is the tolerance (assessed by CTC v4.0) for the phase Ia and the objective response according to RECIST 1.1 for phase Ib. An ancillary study on circulating angiogenesis biomarkers will be a subproject of the trial.
DISCUSSION: This ongoing trial is the first to prospectively test a mathematically optimized schedule in metronomic chemotherapy. As such, this trial can be considered as a proof-of-concept study demonstrating the feasibility to run a computational-driven protocol to ensure an optimal efficacy/toxicity balance in patients with cancer.
TRIAL REGISTRATION: EudraCT N°: 2015-000138-31.

Farhat F, Kattan JG, Ghosn M
Oral vinorelbine in combination with trastuzumab as a first-line therapy of metastatic or locally advanced HER2-positive breast cancer.
Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2016; 77(5):1069-77 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Vinorelbine-trastuzumab combination proved to be an effective first-line treatment for patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Oral chemotherapy represents a step forward in MBC management. To improve patients' comfort using the oral form of vinorelbine, we conducted a multicenter phase II study to investigate the efficacy and safety of the oral vinorelbine-trastuzumab combination in women with MBC with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) overexpression.
METHODS: Main eligibility criteria: HER2-positive disease, no adjuvant chemotherapy within the last 6 months and no prior chemotherapy for MBC. Patients were treated with oral vinorelbine 80 mg/m(2) D1, D8, D15 (following first 3 administrations at 60 mg/m(2) during the first cycle) for a total of 8 cycles (1 cycle = 3 weeks), in combination with trastuzumab 6 mg/kg on D1 (loading dose: 8 mg/kg) every 3 weeks or 4 mg/kg (loading dose: 6 mg/kg) weekly. Response was evaluated every 2 cycles using RECIST 1.0.
PRIMARY ENDPOINT: objective response rate (ORR); secondary endpoints: duration of response (DOR), progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and safety.
RESULTS: In the full population (n = 26), median age was 50.7 years and median WHO PS 0. Median disease-free interval was 50.7 months [95 % CI (43.6-57.9)]. In the evaluable patients population, ORR was 56 % [95 % CI (34.9-75.6)], including 3 complete responses (12 %) and 11 partial (44 %); 8 (32 %) patients had stable disease resulting in a clinical benefit (or disease control) rate of 88 % [95 % CI (68.8-97.5)]. Median DOR was 7.1 months [95 % CI (3.9-10.2)], median PFS 6.7 months (95 % CI 3.5-10), and median OS 27.9 months (95 % CI 17.4-38.3). Treatment was generally well tolerated with main observed grade 3/4 hematological toxicities being neutropenia (46 %) and anemia (4 %). Grade 3-4 nausea-vomiting were observed in 11.5 % of patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results confirm the efficacy of oral vinorelbine-trastuzumab combination as a first-line treatment in HER2-positive locally advanced or MBC patients with an acceptable safety profile. Oral vinorelbine-trastuzumab optimizes the convenience of this chemotherapy regimen, especially for patients receiving trastuzumab every 3 weeks.

Vecchione L, Gambino V, Raaijmakers J, et al.
A Vulnerability of a Subset of Colon Cancers with Potential Clinical Utility.
Cell. 2016; 165(2):317-30 [PubMed] Related Publications
BRAF(V600E) mutant colon cancers (CCs) have a characteristic gene expression signature that is also found in some tumors lacking this mutation. Collectively, they are referred to as "BRAF-like" tumors and represent some 20% of CCs. We used a shRNA-based genetic screen focused on genes upregulated in BRAF(V600E) CCs to identify vulnerabilities of this tumor subtype that might be exploited therapeutically. Here, we identify RANBP2 (also known as NUP358) as essential for survival of BRAF-like, but not for non-BRAF-like, CC cells. Suppression of RANBP2 results in mitotic defects only in BRAF-like CC cells, leading to cell death. Mechanistically, RANBP2 silencing reduces microtubule outgrowth from the kinetochores, thereby inducing spindle perturbations, providing an explanation for the observed mitotic defects. We find that BRAF-like CCs display far greater sensitivity to the microtubule poison vinorelbine both in vitro and in vivo, suggesting that vinorelbine is a potential tailored treatment for BRAF-like CCs.

Médioni J, Di Palma M, Guillot A, et al.
Efficacy and safety of Vinflunine for advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma in routine practice based on the French multi-centre CURVE study.
BMC Cancer. 2016; 16:217 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: To retrospectively assess the efficacy and safety of Vinflunine (VFL) under routine conditions and identify overall survival (OS) prognostic factors.
METHODS: Twenty centres participated in the retrospective study (minimum 4 patients undergoing VFL treatment for advanced/metastatic UC after platinum-based regimen progression. Primary endpoint was OS. Secondary endpoints: progression-free survival (PFS), radiological response rate (RR) RECIST criteria and toxicity (CTC NCI v3).
RESULTS: These centres enrolled 134 patients. Prior chemotherapy (CT) lines (≥ 1 palliative): 1 and ≥ 2 in 69% and 26% of patients, respectively. Performance status (PS): 0, 1, 2 in 25%, 46% and 23% of patients. Median OS = 8.2 months [6.5-9.4], PFS = 4.2 months and RR 22%, median number of 5 cycles. In risk groups based on 0-3 presence of adverse prognostic factors (PS ≥ 1, haemoglobin ≤ 10 g/dl and liver metastasis), median OS: 13.2, 9.9, 3.6, and 2.4 months (P < .0001), respectively; 3.3 months (1.9-5.6) in PS ≥ 2 subgroup.
CONCLUSION: This study reflects routine UC management and confirmed VFL patient efficacy. The drug is safe with gastro-intestinal and haematological prophylaxis. Analysis of prognostic factors for OS is consistent with pivotal trials.

Welt A, Marschner N, Lerchenmueller C, et al.
Capecitabine and bevacizumab with or without vinorelbine in first-line treatment of HER2/neu-negative metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer: final efficacy and safety data of the randomised, open-label superiority phase 3 CARIN trial.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016; 156(1):97-107 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
The study was designed to evaluate efficacy and superiority of capecitabine/bevacizumab + vinorelbine (CAP/BEV/VIN) compared to CAP/BEV alone. Main purpose was to introduce a taxane-/anthracycline-free first-line treatment in advanced breast cancer (ABC), in order to avoid long-term toxicities. In this open-label, superiority, phase 3 trial, patients with HER2-negative ABC were randomized 1:1 to receive either oral CAP at 1000 mg/m(2) [twice daily, days 1-14, q3w] plus intravenous BEV at 15 mg/kg [day 1, q3w] (arm A) or in addition to this protocol intravenous VIN at 25 mg/m(2) [days 1 + 8, q3w] (arm B) until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity or withdrawal of consent. Between 26 February 2009 and 26 October 2012, we randomised 600 patients (arm A N = 300; arm B N = 300) from 57 German outpatient-centres and 2 university hospitals. Median progression-free survival (PFS) (primary endpoint) was not improved with VIN (CAP/BEV, 8.8 months; CAP/BEV/VIN, 9.6 months; HR 0.84 [95 % CI 0.70-1.01], P = 0.058). Median overall survival (OS) (secondary endpoint) was 25.1 and 27.2 months for CAP/BEV and CAP/BEV/VIN, respectively, average HR 0.85 [95 % CI 0.70-1.03], P = 0.104). The 1- and 2-year OS rates appeared to be similar (78.0 and 77.0 %; 53.0 and 54.0 %). Toxicity profiles were generally mild and manageable. Adverse events occurred more frequently in arm B. Regarding the balance between clinical efficacy (PFS, OS) and toxicity, the CAP/BEV combination provides a favourable treatment option in first-line ABC avoiding taxane- and/or anthracycline-induced long-term toxicity. Superiority of CAP/BEV/VIN was not met, and side effects were even enhanced. Nevertheless, no safety issues occurred.

Thallinger C, Lang I, Kuhar CG, et al.
Phase II study on the efficacy and safety of Lapatinib administered beyond disease progression and combined with vinorelbine in HER-2/neu- positive advanced breast cancer: results of the CECOG LaVie trial.
BMC Cancer. 2016; 16:121 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Vinorelbine constitutes effective chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) and acts synergistically with trastuzumab in HER-2/neu positive disease. The present study was set out to evaluate the efficacy and safety of vinorelbine when combined with lapatinib, an anti-HER2 tyrosine-kinase inhibitor, as late-line regimen administered beyond previous disease progression on prior lapatinib in patients with HER-2/neu- positive MBC.
METHODS: The CECOG LaVie study was designed as open-labeled, single-arm, multicenter phase II trial. Patients had to be pretreated with lapatinib plus chemotherapy, and received lapatinib at a daily dose of 1250 mg in combination with vinorelbine 20 mg/m(2) i.v. on days 1 and 8 of a three-week cycle until disease progression, intolerable toxicity or withdrawal of consent. Progression-free survival (PFS) was defined as primary study endpoint; secondary endpoints included overall survival (OS), response rate according to RECIST 1.1, and safety. The study was terminated early due to poor accrual.
RESULTS: A total number of nine patients were included; lapatinib administered beyond disease progression combined with vinorelbine resulted in a median PFS of 7.7 months (95% CI 0.56-14.91) and a median OS of 23.4 months (95% CI 16.61-30.13), respectively. Partial remission was seen in one of nine patients, three patients had stable disease of > six months, whereas the remaining five patients had primary disease progression. In two patients, modification of vinorelbine dose due to toxicity became necessary; no dose modification was needed for lapatinib. The majority of reported adverse events (AE) were grade 1 and 2 in severity with diarrhea being the most commonly observed AE CONCLUSION: In this heavily pretreated patient population, combination of vinorelbine plus lapatinib showed encouraging activity and was characterized by an acceptable safety profile. Despite the low patient number, lapatinib plus vinorelbine may constitute a potential treatment option in heavily pretreated patients with HER-2/neu-positive MBC previously exposed to lapatinib.
TRIAL REGISTRATION: EudraCT number 2009-016826-15, (15. 10.2009).

Harbeck N, Huang CS, Hurvitz S, et al.
Afatinib plus vinorelbine versus trastuzumab plus vinorelbine in patients with HER2-overexpressing metastatic breast cancer who had progressed on one previous trastuzumab treatment (LUX-Breast 1): an open-label, randomised, phase 3 trial.
Lancet Oncol. 2016; 17(3):357-66 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab resistance is a key therapeutic challenge in metastatic breast cancer. We postulated that broader inhibition of ErbB receptors with afatinib would improve clinical outcomes compared with HER2 inhibition alone in patients who had progressed on previous trastuzumab treatment. LUX-Breast 1 compared afatinib plus vinorelbine with trastuzumab plus vinorelbine for such patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer.
METHODS: We did this open-label trial at 350 hospitals in 41 countries worldwide. We enrolled female patients with HER2-overexpressing metastatic breast cancer who had progressed on or following adjuvant trastuzumab or first-line treatment of metastatic disease with trastuzumab. Participants were randomly assigned (2:1) to receive oral afatinib (40 mg/day) plus intravenous vinorelbine (25 mg/m(2) per week) or intravenous trastuzumab (2 mg/kg per week after 4 mg/kg loading dose) plus vinorelbine. Randomisation was done centrally and stratified by previous trastuzumab treatment (adjuvant vs first-line treatment), hormone receptor status (oestrogen receptor and progesterone receptor positive vs others), and region. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival, assessed in the intention-to-treat population. This trial is closed to enrolment and is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT01125566.
FINDINGS: Between Aug 26, 2010, and April 26, 2013, we enrolled 508 patients: 339 assigned to the afatinib group and 169 assigned to the trastuzumab group. Recruitment was stopped on April 26, 2013, after a benefit-risk assessment by the independent data monitoring committee was unfavourable for the afatinib group. Patients on afatinib plus vinorelbine had to switch to trastuzumab plus vinorelbine, afatinib monotherapy, vinorelbine monotherapy, or receive treatment outside of the trial. Median follow-up was 9·3 months (IQR 3·7-16·0). Median progression-free survival was 5·5 months (95% CI 5·4-5·6) in the afatinib group and 5·6 months (5·3-7·3) in the trastuzumab group (hazard ratio 1·10 95% CI 0·86-1·41; p=0·43). The most common drug-related adverse events of grade 3 or higher were neutropenia (190 [56%] of 337 patients in the afatinib group vs 102 [60%] of 169 patients in the trastuzumab group), leucopenia (64 [19%] vs 34 [20%]), and diarrhoea (60 [18%] vs none).
INTERPRETATION: Trastuzumab-based therapy remains the treatment of choice for patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer who had progressed on trastuzumab.
FUNDING: Boehringer Ingelheim.

Xu M, Jiang D, Shen J, et al.
Distinct characterization of two vinorelbine-resistant breast cancer cell lines developed by different strategies.
Oncol Rep. 2016; 35(4):2355-63 [PubMed] Related Publications
Resistance to chemotherapy is a major obstacle to the successful treatment of breast cancer patients. Recently, we successfully established two vinorelbine-resistant sublines, BC-DS and BC-TS, from the human breast cancer cell line BCap37, with different 'two-stage screening methods'. Interestingly, though BC-DS and BC-TS were developed from the same BCap37 cell line with the same drug, they showed remarkable differences. Compared with the parental BCap37 cells both BC-DS and BC-TS had resistance to vinorelbine, but the resistant characterizations are both unstable. BC-DS showed increased migration capability while BC-TS showed reduced migration capability. When investigating their multidrug resistance, we found BC-DS became more sensitive to methotrexate, which suggested that combination of MTX and vinorelbine could be a new treatment strategy. Moreover, BC-DS and BC-TS overexpressed P-glycoprotein at different levels. Our research also showed that the present clinical usage of vinorelbine is reasonable. These findings suggest that the vinorelbine-induced multiple drug resistance (MDR) sublines may be used as an in vitro model not only to further elucidate possible mechanisms of MDR involved in the human breast cancer, but also to find methods to optimize the curative effect of vinorelbine in clinic.

Barth C, Naveau L, Touboul E, et al.
Efficacy and safety of vinorelbine in heavily pretreated recurrent/metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients.
Anticancer Drugs. 2016; 27(4):349-52 [PubMed] Related Publications
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerance of vinorelbine as a single agent in the treatment of recurrent/metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Patients were treated with oral or intravenous vinorelbine according to the pluridisciplinary tumor board's decision. Efficacy and safety outcomes were analyzed retrospectively. Twenty-three patients were included in the study. Sixteen patients (69%) had received at least two previous lines of chemotherapy. The disease control rate was 19%. The median progression-free survival was 2.6 months and the median overall survival was 3.4 months. The rate of grade 3-4 side effects was low (13%). Only one patient discontinued treatment because of side effects. Vinorelbine seems to be a well-tolerated regimen in heavily pretreated patients. However, this regimen does not seem to be efficient enough to be recommended.

Pouessel D, Chevret S, Rolland F, et al.
Standard or accelerated methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin and cisplatin as neoadjuvant chemotherapy for locally advanced urothelial bladder cancer: Does dose intensity matter?
Eur J Cancer. 2016; 54:69-74 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: There is continuing controversy regarding the optimal regimen for neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) in bladder cancer.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 241 consecutive bladder cancer patients who received a combination of methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin and cisplatin (MVAC) using a standard (52 patients) or an accelerated schedule (189 patients) as NAC before radical cystectomy in 17 centres of the French GEnito-urinary TUmour Group from March 2004-May 2013.
RESULTS: The median age was 62 years. As expected, the median number of cycles, the median total dose of cisplatin and the median cisplatin dose intensity were higher in patients treated with the accelerated regimen. Conversely, the median duration of chemotherapy was shorter. Regarding toxicity, grade III/IV neutropenia, grade III thrombocytopenia and grade III anaemia as well were more frequently observed in patients treated with the standard regimen. Among 211 (88%) patients who proceeded to cystectomy, 75 (35%) patients achieved an ypT0 pN0 status (no pathologic residual tumour cells) with no significant difference according to the MVAC schedule. Three-year overall survival rates were 66.5% (95% confidence interval [CI], 56-79) and 72% (95% CI, 59.5-88) in the standard and accelerated cohorts, respectively. In the multivariate analysis, two independent prognostic parameters were retained: the ypT0 stage and the ypN0 stage. Heterogeneity test did not show any interaction with NAC regimens.
CONCLUSION: Similar pathological response and survival rates were observed whatever the chemotherapy regimen used. Haematological toxicity was greater in patients who received standard MVAC.

Tai CJ, Wang CK, Tai CJ, et al.
Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of Salvage Therapy With Sunitinib, Docetaxel (Tyxan) and Cisplatinum Followed by Maintenance Vinorelbine for Unresectable/Metastatic Nonsmall Cell Lung Cancer: Stage 1 of a Simon 2 Stage Clinical Trial. [Corrected].
Medicine (Baltimore). 2015; 94(52):e2303 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Current chemotherapeutic regimens for nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have reached a plateau over the last few years. Targeted therapy makes use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) to suppress a number of signaling pathways including epidermal growth factor receptor and vascular endothelial growth factor which are active in NSCLC biology. In this study, we used sunitinib, a multi-target receptor TKI, combined with chemotherapy for unresectable/metastatic NSCLC.This open label Simon's 2 stage clinical trial enrolled a total of 6 NSCLC patients who received docetaxel (40 mg) and cisplatin (50 mg) on day 1 of each cycle (14 day interval between cycles) and sunitinib (25 mg qd for 10 days between cycles) for a total of 12 cycles (24 weeks), after which patients received maintenance therapy with vinorelbine (30 mg TIW) until disease progression. The sample size was based on a Simon's Optimal Two-Stage Designs for Phase II clinical trials. The expected response rate was set as 35% for P0 and as 60% for P1. The study was designed for a minimum of 6 patients for first stage and 15 patients until second stage with a significance level alpha = 0.10 and power = 70%. Diagnosis of a poor response in the second of 6 patients in Stage I or seventh of the 15 patients in Stage II would lead to early termination of the trial.The overall response rate was 66.7%. Four patients had an overall survival >60 months. The time to PFS ranged from 3 to 42 months. The combination therapy was well-tolerated.Sunitinib combined with chemotherapy shows promise and warrants further investigation.

De Santis M, Wiechno PJ, Bellmunt J, et al.
Vinflunine-gemcitabine versus vinflunine-carboplatin as first-line chemotherapy in cisplatin-unfit patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma: results of an international randomized phase II trial (JASINT1).
Ann Oncol. 2016; 27(3):449-54 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: There is no standard first-line chemotherapy for advanced urothelial carcinoma (aUC) in cisplatin-ineligible (cisplatin-unfit) patients. The study assessed the efficacy and tolerability profile of two vinflunine-based cytotoxic regimens in this setting.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with aUC a creatinine clearance (CrCl) of <60 but ≥30 ml/min, performance status 0 or 1 and no prior chemotherapy for advanced disease were randomized (1 : 1). They received vinflunine 250 or 280 mg/m(2) (based on baseline CrCl) on day 1, plus either gemcitabine [750 mg/m(2) escalated to 1000 mg/m(2) in cycle 2 if no toxicity grade (G) ≥2 on days 1 and 8 (VG) or plus carboplatin area under the curve 4.5 day 1 (VC) every 21 days]. To detect a 22% improvement in each arm compared with H0 (41%) in the primary end point, disease control rate (DCR = complete response + partial response + stable disease), 31 assessable patients per arm were required (α = 5%, β = 20%).
RESULTS: Sixty-nine patients were enrolled (34 VG, 35 VC). Less G3/4 haematological adverse events (AEs) were reported with VG: neutropaenia was seen in 38% (versus 68% with VC) and febrile neutropaenia in 3% (versus 14% with VC) of patients. No major differences were observed for non-haematological AEs. DCR was 77% in both groups; overall response rate (ORR) was 44.1% versus 28.6%, with a median progression-free survival of 5.9 versus 6.1 months and median OS of 14.0 versus 12.8 months with VG and VC, respectively.
CONCLUSION: Both vinflunine-based doublets offer a similar DCR, ORR and OS. The better haematological tolerance favours the VG combination, which warrants further study. CLINICALTRIALS.GOV PROTOCOL IDENTIFIER: NCT 01599013.

Cortés J, Dieras V, Ro J, et al.
Afatinib alone or afatinib plus vinorelbine versus investigator's choice of treatment for HER2-positive breast cancer with progressive brain metastases after trastuzumab, lapatinib, or both (LUX-Breast 3): a randomised, open-label, multicentre, phase 2 trial.
Lancet Oncol. 2015; 16(16):1700-10 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer frequently develop CNS metastases. The metastases that progress after brain radiotherapy and HER2-targeted systemic therapy are a difficult therapeutic challenge. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of afatinib, an irreversible blocker of the ErbB protein family, alone or combined with vinorelbine, compared with treatment of the investigator's choice in women with HER2-positive breast cancer with progressive brain metastases during or after treatment with trastuzumab, lapatinib, or both.
METHODS: We did this randomised, open-label, multicentre, phase 2 trial in 40 hospitals in Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea, and the USA. Women older than 18 years with histologically confirmed HER2-overexpressing breast cancer and CNS recurrence or progression as determined by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST version 1.1) during or after treatment with trastuzumab, lapatinib, or both, were eligible. We randomly assigned patients (1:1:1) centrally to afatinib 40 mg orally once per day, afatinib 40 mg per day plus intravenous vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2) once per week, or investigator's choice of treatment in cycles of 3 weeks until disease progression, patient withdrawal, or unacceptable toxicity. Treatment assignment was not masked for clinicians or patients, but the trial team was masked until database lock to reduce bias. The primary endpoint, assessed in the intention-to-treat population, was patient benefit at 12 weeks, defined by an absence of CNS or extra-CNS disease progression, no tumour-related worsening of neurological signs or symptoms, and no increase in corticosteroid dose. Safety was assessed in all patients who received at least one dose of a study drug. This completed trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01441596.
FINDINGS: Between Dec 22, 2011, and Feb 12, 2013, we screened 132 patients, of whom 121 were eligible and randomly assigned to treatment: 40 to afatinib alone, 38 to afatinib plus vinorelbine, and 43 to investigator's choice. All patients discontinued study treatment before the data collection cutoff on Oct 16, 2014. Patient benefit was achieved in 12 (30·0%; 95% CI 16·6-46·5) patients given afatinib alone (difference vs investigator's choice: -11·9% [95% CI -32·9 to 9·7], p=0·37), 13 (34·2%; 19·6-51·4) given afatinib plus vinorelbine (difference vs investigator's choice: -7·6% [-28·9 to 14·2], p=0·63), and 18 (41·9%; 27·0-57·9) given investigator's choice. The most common treatment-related grade 3 or 4 adverse events were diarrhoea (seven [18%] of 40 patients in the afatinib only group vs nine [24%] of 37 patients in the afatinib plus vinorelbine group vs two [5%] of 42 patients in the investigator's choice group) and neutropenia (none vs 14 [38%] vs four [10%]).
INTERPRETATION: Patient benefit with afatinib-containing treatments was not different from that in patients given investigator's choice of treatments; however, adverse events were frequent and afatinib-containing treatments seemed to be less well tolerated. No further development of afatinib for HER2-positive breast cancer is currently planned.
FUNDING: Boehringer Ingelheim.

Cazzaniga ME, Camerini A, Addeo R, et al.
Metronomic oral vinorelbine in advanced breast cancer and non-small-cell lung cancer: current status and future development.
Future Oncol. 2016; 12(3):373-87 [PubMed] Related Publications
Metronomic chemotherapy (mCT), a frequent administration of low-dose chemotherapy, allows prolonged treatment duration and minimizes the toxicity of standard-dose chemotherapy. mCT has multiple actions against cancer cells including inhibition of angiogenesis and modulation of the immune system. A number of studies lend support to the clinical efficacy of mCT in advanced breast cancer and non-small-cell lung cancer. However, further evidence is necessary to describe the optimal use of mCT and to identify suitable patients. Oral vinorelbine has emerged as a promising metronomic treatment in patients with metastatic breast cancer and non-small-cell lung cancer and is the only orally available microtubule-targeting agent. This paper reviews current evidence on metronomic oral vinorelbine, discusses its management and defines a suitable patient profile on the basis of a workshop of Italian experts.

Brambilla L, Recalcati S, Tourlaki A
Vinorelbine therapy in classic Kaposi's sarcoma: a retrospective study of 20 patients.
Eur J Dermatol. 2015 Nov-Dec; 25(6):535-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Systemic chemotherapy is the main treatment of diffuse and/or aggressive classic Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) but there are no standard treatment guidelines and published literature regarding vinorelbine is lacking.
OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and effectiveness of intravenous vinorelbine in the treatment of classic KS.
MATERIALS & METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of a departmental database in histologically proven classic KS.
RESULTS: Twenty patients received intravenous vinorelbine as cycles of 20 mg/m(2) once every two weeks for 5 cycles and subsequently at a dose of 30 mg/m(2) once every three weeks. Of 19 assessable patients, three (16%) had a complete remission and 11 (58%) had a partial response, for an overall response rate of 74%. The remaining 5 patients had a stable disease (26%). Grade 3 or 4 toxicities were neutropenia (3/20 patients), deep vein thrombosis (1/20 patients) and constipation (1/20 patients). The median progression-free survival from the start of therapy until the development of progressive disease was 35.1 months.
CONCLUSION: Vinorelbine is an effective and overall well tolerated treatment for classic KS.

Ngo QA, Nguyen le A, Vo NB, et al.
Synthesis and antiproliferativeactivity of new vinca alkaloids containing an α,β-unsaturated aromatic side chain.
Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2015; 25(23):5597-600 [PubMed] Related Publications
A new series of vinca-alkaloids derivatives containing various α,β-unsaturated aromatic side chains was synthesized. Four new vinca-alkaloids derivatives showed selective cytotoxicities against KB tumor cell lines with IC50 value below 0.1 μM, thus comparable with vinblastine.

Li M, Fan Y, Li Q, et al.
Vinorelbine Plus Platinum in Patients with Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer and Prior Anthracycline and Taxane Treatment.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2015; 94(43):e1928 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Currently, there is no preferred standard chemotherapy regimen available for patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancer (mTNBC) and no cohort studies on the efficacy of vinorelbine plus platinum (NP) regimen in patients with mTNBC who failed to anthracyclines and/or taxanes have been reported. We present the single-center, retrospective experience of NP regimen in a total of 41 patients with mTNBC.All patients were treated with NP regimen, main combination used was vinorelbine-cisplatin in 34 patients (82.9%).The median follow-up was 36.8 months. Objective response rate was 34.1% (n = 14) in the whole study group. Three patients experienced complete response (7.3%), 11 patients acquired partial response (26.8%), stable disease was observed in 14 patients (34.1%), and 10 patients (24.4%) had progressive disease. Response evaluation was not applicable in 3 patients who received the treatment of NP regimen after surgical removal of the metastatic lesions. The median overall survival and progression-free survival were 18.9 months (95% confidence interval, 15.6-22.1 months) and 6.7 months (95% confidence interval, 2.9-10.5 months), respectively. The main adverse events were grade 3/4 neutropenia (n = 20, 48.8%) and grade 1/2 gastrointestinal toxicity (n = 20, 48.8%).NP regimen is active and tolerable in patients with mTNBC pretreated with anthracyclines and/or taxanes. Therefore, among other chemotherapy regimens, NP combination may provide a rational treatment option for this patient subset.

Pistamaltzian N, Tzannis K, Pissanidou V, et al.
Treatment of relapsed urothelial bladder cancer with vinflunine: real-world evidence by the Hellenic Genitourinary Cancer Group.
Anticancer Drugs. 2016; 27(1):48-53 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Relapsed urothelial cancer represents an unmet medical need. Vinflunine is a third-generation antimicrotubuline inhibitor and is currently the only approved drug for second-line treatment across the European Union. We conducted a retrospective analysis assessing the efficacy and safety of vinflunine in 71 Greek patients with relapsed urothelial cancer who were treated between 2005 and 2014. An overall 84% of our patients received vinflunine as second-line treatment, 77% had a performance status of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group scale 0 or 1, and 30% had liver metastasis at the time of vinflunine administration. A median of four cycles of vinflunine were administered (range 1-16). The most common reported adverse events were constipation, fatigue, and anemia. Median progression-free survival was 6.2 months (95% confidence interval: 4.4-8.8) and overall survival was 11.9 months (95% confidence interval: 7.4-21). Two patients (3%) achieved a complete remission, seven a partial remission (10%), and 22 (31%) had stable disease according to an intention-to-treat analysis. Hemoglobin level less than 10 g/dl and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status greater than 1 were independent adverse prognostic factors. Stratification according to the Bellmunt risk model was also associated with progression-free survival and overall survival in our population. Vinflunine appears to be a safe and effective treatment modality for relapsed urothelial cancer. More effective therapies and more accurate prognostic algorithms should be sought.

Janni W, Sarosiek T, Karaszewska B, et al.
Final overall survival analysis of a phase II trial evaluating vinorelbine and lapatinib in women with ErbB2 overexpressing metastatic breast cancer.
Breast. 2015; 24(6):769-73 [PubMed] Related Publications
Lapatinib plus capecitabine (lap+cap) is approved as treatment for patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive metastatic breast cancer (MBC), who have progressed on prior trastuzumab in the metastatic setting. We previously reported progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS) and safety results from this open-label, multicentre, phase II study (VITAL; NCT01013740) conducted in women with HER2 positive MBC, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of lap plus vinorelbine (lap+vin), an important chemotherapy option for MBC, compared with lap+cap. In total, 112 patients were randomised 2:1 to treatment with lap+vin (N = 75) or lap+cap (N = 37). Results showed that the median PFS (primary endpoint) and OS (secondary endpoint) post-randomisation were comparable between treatment arms, with no new safety signals detected. Here, we assessed the final OS in this study at 40 months post-randomisation. At the time of final analyses, 24 (32%) patients were ongoing in the lap+vin arm, compared with 14 (38%) patients in the lap+cap arm (92% in both arms had discontinued treatment). Median OS in the lap+vin arm was 23.3 months (95% confidence intervals [CI]: 18.5, 31.1), compared with 20.3 months (95% CI: 16.4, 31.8) in the lap+cap arm. The median follow-up in the lap+vin arm was 18.86 months (95% CI: 10.68, 26.02), compared with 19.38 (95% CI: 25.56) months in the lap+cap arm. Similar rates of death (56-57%) were observed in both arms. The final OS was consistent with the previously reported data and suggest that lap+vin offers an effective treatment option for women with HER2-positive MBC.

Mukai H, Masuda N, Ishiguro H, et al.
Phase I trial of afatinib plus vinorelbine in Japanese patients with advanced solid tumors, including breast cancer.
Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2015; 76(4):739-50 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: This phase I trial assessed afatinib, an irreversible ErbB family blocker, plus vinorelbine in Japanese patients with advanced solid tumors not amenable to standard treatment.
METHODS: Primary objectives were evaluation of safety and the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of once-daily (QD) afatinib plus weekly intravenous vinorelbine. Secondary objectives included pharmacokinetic assessments and preliminary efficacy. Dose finding utilized a 3 + 3 design, with a starting dose of afatinib 20 mg QD plus vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2) weekly.
RESULTS: Seventeen patients were enrolled. Dose level 2 (afatinib 40 mg and vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2)) exceeded the MTD; dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) were considered vinorelbine-related. Dose finding continued with modified dose levels; dose level 2a: afatinib 40 mg and a reduced dose of vinorelbine 20 mg/m(2) and dose level 3: afatinib 40 mg and vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2) allowing omission of vinorelbine for grade ≥2 neutropenia/thrombocytopenia and afatinib dose modification for adverse events (AEs). At dose level 3, 1/6 patients had a DLT (upper abdominal pain requiring afatinib dose reduction). Overall, the most frequent treatment-related AEs (any/grade 3 and 4) were: neutropenia (100/71 %), leukopenia (100/59 %), diarrhea (94/0 %), anemia (71/12 %) and stomatitis (65/0 %). Two patients with breast cancer achieved a partial response; eight patients (various cancer indications) had stable disease. Pharmacokinetic analyses suggested no relevant drug-drug interactions.
CONCLUSIONS: Afatinib 40 mg QD plus vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2) weekly was tolerated in Japanese patients when dose modifications for known AEs for either compound were allowed. Tumor shrinkage was also observed. This dose schedule was recommended for phase II/III trials in Japanese patients.

Honda K, Riku M, Iwase M, et al.
Phase I study of concurrent vinorelbine and radiation therapy in high-risk postmastectomy breast cancer patients.
Breast Cancer. 2016; 23(5):701-5 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Postmastectomy chest wall irradiation is recommended for high-risk breast cancer patients, such as those with ≥4 positive nodes. Irradiation is performed sequentially rather than concurrently with chemotherapy. However, the 5-year locoregional recurrence-free survival was statistically better in the concurrent method in node-positive patients in a prior study. The benefit of concurrent chemoradiotherapy for postmastectomy breast cancer patients is uncertain. Vinorelbine is often used as concurrent chemoradiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer in Japan and has antitumor activity in breast cancer as well. Thus, we planned this dose-finding study of concurrent vinorelbine and radiation therapy in high-risk postmastectomy breast cancer patients.
METHODS: High-risk postmastectomy breast cancer patients were recruited. Patients received weekly vinorelbine administered concurrently with radiation therapy. The radiation dose was 50 Gy in 25 fractions over 5 weeks. Vinorelbine was administered weekly without a break, so the maximum number of vinorelbine cycles was five. A 3 + 3 dose-escalation design was used for determining maximal tolerable dose, recommended dose and safety.
RESULTS: A total of 10 patients were enrolled in cohorts of 10 and 15 mg/m(2). Dose-limiting toxicity was observed in one case in 10 mg/m(2) and two cases in 15 mg/m(2). Therefore, the maximal tolerable dose was defined at 15 mg/m(2) and the recommended dose was determined at 10 mg/m(2). The main adverse events included radiation dermatitis and neutropenia. Recurrence was observed in one patient with a median follow-up of 40 months.
CONCLUSIONS: Concurrent vinorelbine and radiation therapy has a manageable safety profile at 10 mg/m(2) in high-risk postmastectomy breast cancer patients.

Moriceau G, Vallard A, Rivoirard R, et al.
Real-World Vinflunine Outcomes in Bladder Cancer in a Single-Institution Study: Moving Beyond Clinical Trials.
Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2015; 13(6):588-92 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Intravenous vinflunine 320 mg/m(2) every 3 weeks plus best supportive care resulted in better overall survival in comparison with best supportive care alone for eligible patients with failure of prior therapy with locally advanced or metastatic transitional cell cancer of urothelial tract (TCCU). The objective of the present study was to describe our real-life experience of vinflunine for treatment of patients with TCCU.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively investigated all patients with TCCU who received at least 1 cycle of vinflunine.
RESULTS: Nineteen patients were treated between May 2010 and March 2014 in a compassionate-use program. Performance status was poor in our real-life cohort, with 6 patients (32%) with an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 2. Median duration of vinflunine treatment was 2.4 months (range, 0-4.3 months), and median number of cycles was 3 (range, 1-6). Total response rate was 32%, with partial responses only. Disease control rate was 53%, with a median duration of 7.7 months (range, 6.0-9.4 months). Median progression-free survival was 87 days, or 2.9 months (range, 0.7-11.7 months). After vinflunine treatment, 42% of patients received from 1 to 3 additional lines of chemotherapy. The most frequent grade 4 toxicities were constipation (26%), with 3 intestinal obstructions (16%) and 1 mechanical ileus (5%); and asthenia and fatigue (21%).
CONCLUSION: Vinflunine, as a TCCU second-line chemotherapy, brings benefits, particularly in cases where there is no alternative treatment.

Wang J, Xu B, Yuan P, et al.
Capecitabine combined with docetaxel versus vinorelbine followed by capecitabine maintenance medication for first-line treatment of patients with advanced breast cancer: Phase 3 randomized trial.
Cancer. 2015; 121(19):3412-21 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: In this prospective study, progression-free survival (PFS) and the safety profiles of docetaxel/capecitabine (TX) and vinorelbine/capecitabine (NX) followed by capecitabine maintenance therapy were compared in patients with metastatic breast cancer.
METHODS: Patients with advanced metastatic breast cancer were randomly assigned to a TX group (n = 104) and an NX group (n = 102), both of which included capecitabine maintenance medication. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS).
RESULTS: The trial met its primary endpoint and was closed to accrual subsequent to interim analysis. Forty-eight patients in the TX group (46.2%) and 42 patients in the NX group (41.2%) received maintenance medication. The median PFS (8.4 vs 7.1 months; P = .0026; 95% confidence interval, 1.18-2.3; hazard ratio, 1.65), the response duration (7.8 vs 6.6 months; P = .0451), and the median overall survival (OS) (35.3 vs 19.8 months; P = .1349; 95% confidence interval, 0.88-2.47; hazard ratio, 1.48) in the TX group appeared to be longer compared with those in the NX group, although the difference did reach not statistical significance. Patients aged ≥40 years who were postmenopausal and presented with visceral metastases were more likely to benefit from the TX regimen in terms of PFS and OS, whereas positive hormone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 status or a history of taxane treatments did not affect differences in PFS and OS between the TX and NX groups. Hand-foot syndrome occurred more frequently in the TX group than in the NX group (47% vs 16.7%; P < .0001), but the frequencies of other minor adverse effects were similar in both groups.
CONCLUSIONS: A TX regimen for advanced breast cancer followed by capecitabine maintenance medication led to longer PFS and response duration than an NX regimen, even for patients who had previously received taxane in (neo)adjuvant settings. Cancer 2015. © 2015 American Cancer Society. Cancer 2015;121:3435-43. © 2015 American Cancer Society.

Retz M, de Geeter P, Goebell PJ, et al.
Vinflunine in routine clinical practice for the treatment of advanced or metastatic urothelial cell carcinoma - data from a prospective, multicenter experience.
BMC Cancer. 2015; 15:455 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Vinflunine is recommended in the European guideline for the treatment of advanced or metastatic urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) after failure of platinum-based therapy.
METHODS: This prospective, non-interventional study investigated the safety and efficacy of vinflunine in platinum-pretreated UCC patients in routine clinical practice. Data were prospectively collected on patients with advanced or metastatic UCC undergoing vinflunine treatment in 39 German hospitals and medical practices. Dosing of vinflunine, tumor assessments and concomitant medications followed physician's routine clinical practice. Primary endpoints were toxicity and assessment of vinflunine treatment modalities. Secondary aims included overall response rate (ORR), overall survival (OS) time and a prognostic risk-model.
RESULTS: Seventy-seven platinum-pretreated patients were recruited. Vinflunine was predominantly administered as second-line (66%) therapy or in subsequent treatment lines (21%). One third of the patients received at least six cycles of vinflunine and the average number was 4.7 cycles. A vinflunine starting dose of 320 mg/m2 was chosen in 48% of patients and 280 mg/m2 in 39%. Grade 3/4 toxicities were leucopenia 16.9%, anemia 6.5%, elevated liver enzymes 6.5% and constipation 5.2%. ORR was 23.4% and OS was 7.7 (CI 4.1 to 10.4) months. Patients with zero, one, two or ≥three risk factors displayed a median OS of 18.2, 9.5, 4.1 and 2.8 months, respectively (p=0.0005; HR=1.82).
CONCLUSION: Vinflunine delivers a meaningful benefit to an unselected population of advanced platinum-pretreated UCC patients managed in routine clinical practice.

Chen Q, Chong T, Yin J, et al.
Molecular events are associated with resistance to vinblastine in bladder cancer.
Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 2015; 61(2):33-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
Bladder cancer occurs in the majority of cases in males, which represents the fourth highest incident cancer in men and tenth in women. It is associated with a high rate of recurrence, and prognosis is poor once the cancer metastasizes to distant sites. Transitional cell cancer (TCC) is the most predominant histological type. Bladder cancer is highly chemosensitive. However, the presence of acquired drug resistance is one of the primary impediments to the success of chemotherapy. To differentiate and delineate the molecular events, we developed drug resistant human transitional bladder cancer T24 cells (DRC) by treating cells with the increasing concentration of vinblastine. We found that DRC was resistant to vinblastine in comparison to parental T24 cells. We analyzed the contributory factors that may be involved in the development of resistance. As expected, expression of permeability glycoprotein (P—gp) was up—regulated in DRC. In addition, levels of Caveolin—1 (Cav—1), Fatty acid synthase (FASN) and Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) were elevated in DRC. Downregulation of these proteins by respective specific pharmacological inhibitors and/or by siRNAs resensitized cells to vinblastine. These results suggested that differential levels of P—gp, Cav—1 and FASN except CYP450 play a major role in acquired resistant phenotype in bladder cancer.

Chiu WH, Su WC, Li CL, et al.
An increase in glucosylceramide synthase induces Bcl-xL-mediated cell survival in vinorelbine-resistant lung adenocarcinoma cells.
Oncotarget. 2015; 6(24):20513-24 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Reversing drug resistance with concurrent treatment confers anticancer benefits. In this study, we investigated the potential mechanism of glucosylceramide synthase (GCS)-mediated vinca alkaloid vinorelbine (VNR) resistance in human lung adenocarcinoma cells. Compared with PC14PE6/AS2 (AS2) and CL1-0 cells, apoptotic analysis showed that both A549 and CL1-5 cells were VNR-resistant, while these cells highly expressed GCS at the protein level. VNR treatment significantly converts ceramide to glucosylceramide in VNR-resistant cells; however, pharmacologically inhibiting GCS with (±)-threo-1-Phenyl-2-decanoylamino-3-morpholino-1-propanol hydrochloride (PDMP) induced ceramide accumulation, accompanied by a decrease in glucosylceramide. Under concurrent treatment with VNR and PDMP, an increase in cell apoptosis could be identified; furthermore, genetically silencing GCS confirmed these effects. In VNR-resistant cells, Bcl-xL expression was aberrantly increased, while pharmacologically inhibiting Bcl-xL with ABT-737 sensitized cells to VNR-induced apoptosis. Conversely, enforced expression of Bcl-xL strengthened the survival response of the VNR-susceptible cells AS2 and CL1-0. Without changes in mRNA expression, Bcl-xL was overexpressed independent of β-catenin-mediated transcriptional regulation in VNR-resistant cells. Simultaneous GCS inhibition and VNR treatment caused a decrease in Bcl-xL expression. According to these findings, an increase in GCS caused Bcl-xL augmentation, facilitating VNR resistance in lung adenocarcinoma cells.

Wang S, Akhtar J, Wang Z
Anti-STMN1 therapy improves sensitivity to antimicrotubule drugs in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.
Tumour Biol. 2015; 36(10):7797-806 [PubMed] Related Publications
Stathmin (STMN1) regulates microtubule dynamics by promoting depolymerization of microtubules and/or preventing polymerization of tubulin heterodimers. Several studies have shown that overexpression of STMN1 has been linked to chemoresistance of paclitaxel and vinblastine in tumor cells. This study aimed to investigate the effects of STMN1 silencing on chemosensitivities of paclitaxel or vinblastine in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Immunocytochemistry and immunofluorescence assays showed that STMN1 gene was highly expressed in Eca109 and TE-1 cells. We demonstrated that lentiviral-mediated STMN1 short hairpin RNA (shRNA) specifically and efficiently downregulated STMN1 expression in Eca109 and TE-1 cells. The sensitivity of STMN1-silencing shRNA-transfected Eca109 and TE-1 cells increased 191.4- and 179.3-fold to paclitaxel, and 21.3- and 28.4-fold to vincristine, respectively. Flow cytometry and mitotic index assays showed that knockdown of STMN1 in Eca109 and TE-1 cells led to cell cycle arrest in G2/M phase. After treatment with paclitaxel or vincristine, STMN1-silencing shRNA-transfected Eca109 and TE-1 cells were more likely to enter G2 but less likely to enter mitosis than control cells. Therefore, these data suggests that silencing STMN1 gene could increase sensitivity of ESCC to paclitaxel and vincristine through G2/M phase block.

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