Investigational new drugs

Chloroquine inhibits the malignant phenotype of glioblastoma partially by suppressing TGF-beta.

PMID 26271735


Glioblastoma (GBM), the most common and aggressive primary brain tumor, is characterized by excessive brain infiltration which prevents the complete surgical resection. These tumors also display treatment non-compliance and responses to standard therapy are invariably transient; consequently, the prognosis barely exceeds 14 months and recurrence is inevitable. Accordingly, several new treatment strategies have been studied. One such option is the use of chloroquine (CQ), a lysosomotropic weak base and renowned antimalarial drug, that has shown promising results in several pre-clinical studies. In this paper, we investigate the efficiency of CQ to hinder the malignant phenotype of GBM, namely extensive proliferation, invasion and radio-resistance. In cell cycle analysis, proliferation assays and immunofluorescence, CQ treatments halved proliferation of primary cultures from GBM specimens and GBM cell lines (U-373 MG et U-87 MG). Gelatin zymography and Matrigel(TM)-coated transwell invasion assays also revealed a 50 % CQ induced inhibition of MMP-2 activity and GBM invasion. Concomitant treatment with CQ and radiation also radiosensitized GBM cells as shown by an accumulation in the G2/M phase, increased cell death and reduced clonogenic formation. Moreover, radiation-induced invasion was considerably restrained by CQ. We also observe that these effects are owed to CQ-induced inhibition of TGF-β secretion and signaling pathway, a predominant growth factor in GBM progression. These results suggest that CQ, alone or as an adjuvant therapeutic, could be used to inhibit the GBM malignant phenotype and could benefit GBM afflicted patients.

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Chloroquine diphosphate salt, powder or crystals, 98.5-101.0% dry basis
C18H26ClN3 · 2H3PO4