Pharmacological inhibition and genetic knockdown of exchange protein directly activated by cAMP 1 reduce pancreatic cancer metastasis in vivos

Muayad Almahariq, Celia Chao, Fang C. Mei, Mark Hellmich, Igor Patrikeev, Massoud Motamedi, Xiaodong Cheng

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cAMP plays a critical role in regulating migration of various cancers. This role is context dependent and is determined by which of the two main cAMP sensors is at play: cAMP-dependent protein kinase or exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (EPAC). Recently, we have shown that the cAMP sensor protein EPAC1 promotes invasion/migration of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) in vitro. In this study, we investigated the role of EPAC1 in invasion and metastasis of PDA in vivo, and evaluated the therapeutic potential of EPAC inhibitors as antimetastasis agents for this neoplasm. We employed an orthotopic metastatic mouse model in which the PDA cells MIA PaCa-2 were injected into the pancreas of athymic nude mice, and their local and distant spread was monitored by in vivo imaging and histologic evaluation of the number of metastatic foci in the liver. Either genetic suppression of EPAC1 or its pharmacologic inhibition with 3-(5-tert-butyl-isoxazol-3-yl)-2-[(3-chloro-phenyl)-hydrazono]-3-oxo-propionitrile, an EPAC-specific antagonist recently identified in our laboratory, decreased invasion and metastasis of the PDA cells. Mechanistically, EPAC1 promotes activation and trafficking of integrin β1, which plays an essential role in PDA migration and metastasis. Our data show that EPAC1 facilitates metastasis of PDA cells and EPAC1 might be a potential novel therapeutic target for developing antimetastasis agents for PDA. @copy;2014 by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-149
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Pharmacology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Molecular Medicine

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