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In European journal of pharmacology ; h5-index 57.0

Carboplatin treatment is associated with potential benefits in practice in the neoadjuvant chemotherapy for Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients. In order to enhance its anti-tumor effects, new concepts for successful combination therapy are needed. Here, we interestingly found that the combination treatment of carboplatin with the Chk1 inhibitor AZD7762 synergistically inhibits TNBC cell growth in multiple TNBC cell lines in vitro. Mechanistically, we proved that prolonged carboplatin-treated induce cell mitotic arrest, and cells would fail to initiate the G2-M transition following the inhibition of the Chk1 pathway, leading to accumulation of DNA lesions. With this drug-in-combination treatment, the incidence of mitotic catastrophes including spindle multipolarity and cytokinesis failure is remarkably enhanced, which subsequently drives tumor cells multinucleation, polyploidization and apoptosis. Thus, our findings not only propose Chk1 as a therapeutic target for combination therapy with DNA-damaging agents such as carboplatin in TNBC, but also highlight that the induction of mitotic catastrophe could be considered as an alternative strategy for TNBC therapy.

Zhu Haiying, Rao Zijian, Yuan Sichen, You Jieqiong, Hong Chenggang, He Qiaojun, Yang Bo, Du Chengyong, Cao Ji


Carboplatin, Chk1, Drug-in-combination, Neoadjuvant chemotherapy, Triple-negative breast cancer