Antitumor activity and molecular effects of the novel heat shock protein 90 inhibitor, IPI-504, in pancreatic cancer

Mol Cancer Ther. 2008 Oct;7(10):3275-84. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-08-0508.


Targeting Hsp90 is an attractive strategy for anticancer therapy because the diversity and relevance of biological processes are regulated by these proteins in most cancers. However, the role and mode of action of Hsp90 inhibitors in pancreatic cancer has not been studied. This study aimed to assess the antitumor activity of the Hsp90 inhibitor, IPI-504, in pancreatic cancer and to determine the biological effects of the agent. In vitro, we show that pharmacologic inhibition of Hsp90 by IPI-504 exerts antiproliferative effects in a panel of pancreatic cancer cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. In pancreatic cancer xenografts obtained directly from patients with pancreas cancer, the agent resulted in a marked suppression of tumor growth. Although known Hsp90 client proteins were significantly modulated in IPI-504-treated cell line, no consistent alteration of these proteins was observed in vivo other than induction of Hsp70 expression in the treated xenografted tumors. Using a proteomic profiling analysis with isotope tags for relative and absolute quantitation labeling technique, we have identified 20 down-regulated proteins and 42 up-regulated proteins on IPI-504 treatment.tumor growth Identical changes were observed in the expression of the genes coding for these proteins in a subset of proteins including HSPA1B, LGALS3, CALM1, FAM84B, FDPS, GOLPH2, HBA1, HIST1H1C, HLA-B, and MARCKS. The majority of these proteins belong to the functional class of intracellular signal transduction, immune response, cell growth and maintenance, transport, and metabolism. In summary, we show that IPI-504 has potent antitumor activity in pancreatic cancer and identify potential pharmacologic targets using a proteomics and gene expression profiling.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Benzoquinones / pharmacology
  • Benzoquinones / therapeutic use*
  • Blotting, Western
  • Cell Proliferation / drug effects
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Down-Regulation / drug effects
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • HSP90 Heat-Shock Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Isotope Labeling
  • Lactams, Macrocyclic / pharmacology
  • Lactams, Macrocyclic / therapeutic use*
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neoplasm Proteins / chemistry
  • Neoplasm Proteins / metabolism
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / genetics
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Proteomics
  • Signal Transduction / drug effects
  • Time Factors
  • Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays*


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Benzoquinones
  • HSP90 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Lactams, Macrocyclic
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • tanespimycin