In Vitro and In Vivo Efficacy of AZD3965 and Alpha-Cyano-4-Hydroxycinnamic Acid in the Murine 4T1 Breast Tumor Model

Authors: Guan X, Morris ME
Publication: AAPS J
Software: ADMET Predictor®


Monocarboxylate transporter 1 (MCT1) represents a potential therapeutic target in cancer. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of AZD3965 (a specific inhibitor of MCT1) and α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHC, a nonspecific inhibitor of MCTs) in the murine 4T1 tumor model of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Expression of MCT1 and MCT4 in 4T1 and mouse mammary epithelial cells were determined by Western blot. Inhibition of MCT1-mediated L-lactate uptake and cellular proliferation by AZD3965 and CHC was determined. Mice bearing 4T1 breast tumors were treated with AZD3965 100 mg/kg i.p. twice-daily or CHC 200 mg/kg i.p. once-daily. Tumor growth, metastasis, intra-tumor lactate concentration, immune function, tumor MCT expression, and concentration-effect relationships were determined. AZD3965 and CHC inhibited cell growth and L-lactate uptake in 4T1 cells. AZD3965 treatment resulted in trough plasma and tumor concentrations of 29.1 ± 13.9 and 1670 ± 946 nM, respectively. AZD3965 decreased the tumor proliferation biomarker Ki67 expression, increased intra-tumor lactate concentration, and decreased tumor volume, although tumor weight was not different from untreated controls. CHC had no effect on tumor volume and weight, or intra-tumor lactate concentration. AZD3965 treatment reduced the blood leukocyte count and spleen weight and increased lung metastasis, while CHC did not. These findings indicate AZD3965 is a potent MCT1 inhibitor that accumulates to high concentrations in 4T1 xenograft tumors, where it increases tumor lactate concentrations and produces beneficial effects on markers of TNBC; however, overall effects on tumor growth were minimal and lung metastases increased.

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