Tumor Heterogeneity Underlies Differential Cisplatin Sensitivity in Mouse Models of Small-Cell Lung Cancer

Franziska Böttger, Ekaterina A. Semenova, Ji-Ying Song, Giustina Ferone, Jan van der Vliet, Miranda Cozijnsen, Rajith Bhaskaran, Lorenzo Bombardelli, Sander R. Piersma, Thang V. Pham, Connie R. Jimenez, Anton Berns

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Small-cell lung cancer is the most aggressive type of lung cancer, characterized by a remarkable response to chemotherapy followed by development of resistance. Here, we describe SCLC subtypes in Mycl- and Nfib-driven GEMM that include CDH1-high peripheral primary tumor lesions and CDH1-negative, aggressive intrapulmonary metastases. Cisplatin treatment preferentially eliminates the latter, thus revealing a striking differential response. Using a combined transcriptomic and proteomic approach, we find a marked reduction in proliferation and metabolic rewiring following cisplatin treatment and present evidence for a distinctive metabolic and structural profile defining intrinsically resistant populations. This offers perspectives for effective combination therapies that might also hold promise for treating human SCLC, given the very similar response of both mouse and human SCLC to cisplatin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3345-3358.e4
JournalCell reports
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2019

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