Dual inhibition of CDK4/Rb and PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathways by ON123300 induces synthetic lethality in mantle cell lymphomas

S. K.A. Divakar, M. V. Ramana Reddy, S. C. Cosenza, S. J. Baker, D. Perumal, A. C. Antonelli, J. Brody, B. Akula, S. Parekh, E. Premkumar Reddy

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This study describes the characterization of a novel kinase inhibitor, ON123300, which inhibits CDK4/6 (cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6) and phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase-δ (PI3K-δ) and exhibits potent activity against mantle cell lymphomas (MCLs) both in vitro and in vivo. We examined the effects of PD0332991 and ON123300 on cell cycle progression, modulation of the retinoblastoma (Rb) and PI3K/AKT pathways, and the induction of apoptosis in MCL cell lines and patient-derived samples. When Granta 519 and Z138C cells were incubated with PD0332991 and ON123300, both compounds were equally efficient in their ability to inhibit the phosphorylation of Rb family proteins. However, only ON123300 inhibited the phosphorylation of proteins associated with the PI3K/AKT pathway. Cells treated with PD0332991 rapidly accumulated in the G0/G1 phase of cell cycle as a function of increasing concentration. Although ON123300-treated cells arrested similarly at lower concentrations, higher concentrations resulted in the induction of apoptosis, which was not observed in PD0332991-treated samples. Mouse xenograft assays also showed a strong inhibition of MCL tumor growth in ON123300-treated animals. Finally, treatment of ibrutinib-sensitive and-resistant patient-derived MCLs with ON123300 also triggered apoptosis and inhibition of the Rb and PI3K/AKT pathways, suggesting that this compound might be an effective agent in MCL, including ibrutinib-resistant forms of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-93
Number of pages8
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


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