Merck

Effects of a novel Nodal-targeting monoclonal antibody in melanoma.

Oncotarget (2015-10-16)
Luigi Strizzi, Annamaria Sandomenico, Naira V Margaryan, Annalia Focà, Luca Sanguigno, Thomas M Bodenstine, Grace S Chandler, David W Reed, Alina Gilgur, Elisabeth A Seftor, Richard E B Seftor, Zhila Khalkhali-Ellis, Antonio Leonardi, Menotti Ruvo, Mary J C Hendrix
ABSTRACT

Nodal is highly expressed in various human malignancies, thus supporting the rationale for exploring Nodal as a therapeutic target. Here, we describe the effects of a novel monoclonal antibody (mAb), 3D1, raised against human Nodal. In vitro treatment of C8161 human melanoma cells with 3D1 mAb shows reductions in anchorage-independent growth and vasculogenic network formation. 3D1 treated cells also show decreases of Nodal and downstream signaling molecules, P-Smad2 and P-ERK and of P-H3 and CyclinB1, with an increase in p27. Similar effects were previously reported in human breast cancer cells where Nodal expression was generally down-regulated; following 3D1 mAb treatment, both Nodal and P-H3 levels are reduced. Noteworthy is the reduced growth of human melanoma xenografts in Nude mice treated with 3D1 mAb, where immunostaining of representative tumor sections show diminished P-Smad2 expression. Similar effects both in vitro and in vivo were observed in 3D1 treated A375SM melanoma cells harboring the active BRAF(V600E) mutation compared to treatments with IgG control or a BRAF inhibitor, dabrafenib. Finally, we describe a 3D1-based ELISA for the detection of Nodal in serum samples from cancer patients. These data suggest the potential of 3D1 mAb for selecting and targeting Nodal expressing cancers.

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