Identification of AKT1/beta-catenin mutations conferring cetuximab and chemotherapeutic drug resistance in colorectal cancer treatment


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HASBAL ÇELİKOK G., Aksoy-Sagirli P., Altiparmak-Ulbegi G., Can A.

ONCOLOGY LETTERS, vol.21, no.3, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.3892/ol.2021.12470
  • Journal Name: ONCOLOGY LETTERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, EMBASE
  • Keywords: cetuximab, AKT1/beta-catenin, drug resistance, colorectal cancer, BETA-CATENIN GENE, CELLULAR CYTOTOXICITY, ONCOGENIC MUTATION, PLUS IRINOTECAN, OXALIPLATIN, EXPRESSION, GROWTH, DOMAIN, AKT1, KRAS
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

In anticancer therapy, the effectiveness of therapeutics is limited by mutations causing drug resistance. KRAS mutations are the only determinant for cetuximab resistance in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). However, cetuximab treatment has not been fully successful in the majority of patients with wild-type (WT) KRAS. Therefore, it is important to determine new predictive mutations in CRC treatment. In the present study, the association between AKT1/beta-catenin (CTNNB1) mutations with the drug resistance to cetuximab and other chemotherapeutics used in the CRC treatment was investigated by using site-directed mutagenesis, transfection, western blotting and cell proliferation inhibition assay. Cetuximab resistance was higher in the presence of AKT1 E17K, E49K and L52R mutations, as well as CTNNB1 T41A, S45F and S33P mutations compared with that of respective WT proteins. AKT1/CTNNB1 mutations were also associated with oxaliplatin, irinotecan, SN-38 and 5-fluorouracil resistance. Furthermore, mutant cell viability in oxaliplatin treatment was more effectively inhibited compared with that of the other chemotherapeutic drugs. In conclusion, AKT1/CTNNB1 mutations may be used as an important predictive biomarker in CRC treatment.