Researchers may have found a new therapeutic approach for treating mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) by targeting 3-phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase 1 (PDPK1).
and colleagues at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan, evaluated PDPK1 activity in patient-derived primary B-cell lymphoma cells by immunohistochemical staining of p-PDPK1Ser241 (p-PDPK1) in tissue specimens from seven patients with MCL, six patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and five patients with follicular lymphoma. All specimens were biopsied at initial diagnosis, before starting treatment.
“Our study showed that PDPK1 inhibition caused inactivation of RSK2-NTKD, as well as the decrease of total RSK2 protein, but not of AKT, in MCL-derived cells,” the researchers wrote in Experimental Hematology. “This implies that RSK2 activity is mainly regulated by PDPK1 at both the transcriptional expression and post-translational levels, but AKT activity is regulated by a signaling pathway that does not interact with a PDPK1-mediated pathway in MCL.”
If a PDPK1 inhibitor is pursued as clinical target, the researchers said careful monitoring for hyperglycemia may be required since impaired glucose metabolism is commonly seen with AKT inhibitors. Future research in MCL could also be directed toward the targeting of RSK2-NTKD, the researchers wrote.
SOURCE: Maegawa S et al. .