Daniel Liebler
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Protein expression signatures for inhibition of epidermal growth factor receptor-mediated signaling.

Myers MV, Manning HC, Coffey RJ, Liebler DC
Mol Cell Proteomics. 2012 11 (2): M111.015222

PMID: 22147731 · PMCID: PMC3277773 · DOI:10.1074/mcp.M111.015222

Analysis of cellular signaling networks typically involves targeted measurements of phosphorylated protein intermediates. However, phosphoproteomic analyses usually require affinity enrichment of phosphopeptides and can be complicated by artifactual changes in phosphorylation caused by uncontrolled preanalytical variables, particularly in the analysis of tissue specimens. We asked whether changes in protein expression, which are more stable and easily analyzed, could reflect network stimulation and inhibition. We employed this approach to analyze stimulation and inhibition of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) by EGF and selective EGFR inhibitors. Shotgun analysis of proteomes from proliferating A431 cells, EGF-stimulated cells, and cells co-treated with the EGFR inhibitors cetuximab or gefitinib identified groups of differentially expressed proteins. Comparisons of these protein groups identified 13 proteins whose EGF-induced expression changes were reversed by both EGFR inhibitors. Targeted multiple reaction monitoring analysis verified differential expression of 12 of these proteins, which comprise a candidate EGFR inhibition signature. We then tested these 12 proteins by multiple reaction monitoring analysis in three other models: 1) a comparison of DiFi (EGFR inhibitor-sensitive) and HCT116 (EGFR-insensitive) cell lines, 2) in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded mouse xenograft DiFi and HCT116 tumors, and 3) in tissue biopsies from a patient with the gastric hyperproliferative disorder Ménétrier's disease who was treated with cetuximab. Of the proteins in the candidate signature, a core group, including c-Jun, Jagged-1, and Claudin 4, were decreased by EGFR inhibitors in all three models. Although the goal of these studies was not to validate a clinically useful EGFR inhibition signature, the results confirm the hypothesis that clinically used EGFR inhibitors generate characteristic protein expression changes. This work further outlines a prototypical approach to derive and test protein expression signatures for drug action on signaling networks.

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Animals Antibodies, Monoclonal Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized Antineoplastic Agents Blotting, Western Cell Line, Tumor Cell Proliferation Cetuximab Chromatography, Liquid Colorectal Neoplasms Epidermal Growth Factor ErbB Receptors Gastritis, Hypertrophic Gefitinib Humans Mice Neoplasms Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial Phosphorylation Prospective Studies Proteomics Quinazolines Signal Transduction Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization Transplantation, Heterologous

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