The Hsp90 inhibitor IPI-504 overcomes bortezomib resistance in mantle cell lymphoma in vitro and in vivo by down-regulation of the prosurvival ER chaperone BiP/Grp78

Roué G, Pérez-Galán P, Mozos A, López-Guerra M, Xargay-Torrent S, Rosich L, Saborit-Villarroya I, Normant E, Campo E, Colomer D


Despite the promising introduction of the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib in the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), not all patients respond, and resistance often appears after initial treatment. By analyzing a set of 18 MCL samples, including cell lines with constitutive or induced resistance to bortezomib, we found a high correlation between loss of sensitivity to the proteasome inhibitor and up-regulation of the prosurvival chaperone BiP/Grp78. BiP/Grp78 stabilization was ensured at a posttranscriptional level by an increase in the chaperoning activity of heat shock protein of 90 kDa (Hsp90). In bortezomib-resistant cells, both BiP/Grp78 knockdown and cell pretreatment with the Hsp90 inhibitor of the ansamycin class, IPI-504, led to synergistic induction of apoptotic cell death when combined with bortezomib. Cell exposure to the IPI-504-bortezomib combination provoked the dissociation of Hsp90/BiP complexes, leading to BiP/Grp78 depletion, inhibition of unfolded protein response, and promotion of NOXA-mediated mitochondrial depolarization. The IPI-504-bortezomib combination also prevented BiP/Grp78 accumulation, thereby promoting apoptosis and inhibiting the growth of bortezomib-resistant tumors in a mouse model of MCL xenotransplantation. These results suggest that targeting unfolded protein response activation by the inhibition of Hsp90 may be an attractive model for the design of a new bortezomib-based combination therapy for MCL.

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