Analysis of Key Cellular Changes of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells in Response to Kinase-Inhibiting BI2536 and Associated Derivatives

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2023

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Baker, Christopher
Rinderle, Caroline
Bunnell, Bruce

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Purpose: Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is a subtype of breast cancer that grows quickly and has higher rates of metastasis and reoccurrence relative to other Breast Cancer subtypes that make it, in general, a much more dangerous subtype of breast cancer. The Kinase Chemogenomic Set (KCGS) is a collection of 187 kinase-inhibiting compounds with broad activity across 215 different kinases. We hypothesize that this plate contains compounds with the potential to inhibit TNBC and that exploring the transcriptomic and proteomic changes in TNBC cells may give insights into novel treatment targets. Methods: To test this hypothesis, we have utilized two main cell lines, the MDA-MB-231 line and a patient-derived xenograft line, the TuX-BxC-4IC cell line. Measurements have been taken at various time points up until 72 hours at various concentrations of a compound of interest, BI2536, between 1nM and 1uM. Primarily, data will be collected using qRT-PCR to gain insight into the transcriptomic changes during the potential EMT changes. Additionally, various other experiments related to migration, staining, and other essential markers will be conducted on the compound of interest and derivatives of the compound. Results: Initial results and prior work indicate that the compound of interest has moderate success in slowing cancer cell growth. Additionally, initial findings indicate that the compound may succeed in halting and potentially even reversing the EMT process. Conclusion: With this primary data set, we believe that the kinases targeted by the compound may hold potential key targets for the treatment of TNBC.

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Research Appreciation Day Award Winner - School of Biomedical Sciences, 2023 Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Genetics Award - 2nd Place

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