HER-2 overexpression does not guarantee response to HER2-targeting drugs such as trastuzumab, which is cardiotoxic and expensive, so early detection of response status is crucial. Factors influencing [(18)F]FDG incorporation in the timeframe of cell signalling down-regulation subsequent to trastuzumab treatment are investigated to provide a better understanding of the relationship between growth response and modulation of [(18)F]FDG incorporation. HER-2-overexpressing breast tumour cell lines, MDA-MB-453, SKBr3 and BT474 and MDA-MB-468 (HER2 non-over-expressor) were treated with trastuzumab (4 h) and probed for AKT, pAKT, ERK1/2, pERK1/2 and HIF-1α to determine early signalling pathway inhibitory effects of trastuzumab. Cells incubated with trastuzumab and/or PI3K inhibitor LY294002 and ERK1/2 inhibitor U0126 and glucose transport and [(18)F]FDG incorporation measured. Cell lines expressed AKT, pAKT, ERK1/2 and pERK1/2 but not HIF-1α. Trastuzumab treatment decreased pAkt but not pERK1/2 levels. Trastuzumab did not further inhibit AKT when maximally inhibited with LY294002. Treatment with LY294002 and trastuzumab for 4 h decreased [(18)F]FDG incorporation in BT474 and MDA-MB-453 but not SKBr3 cells. LY294002 inhibited glucose transport by each cell line, but the glucose transport rate was tenfold higher by SKBr3 cells than BT474 and MDA-MB-453 cells. AKT-induced uptake of [(18)F]FDG was found to be HIF-1α independent in breast cancer cell lines. AKT inhibition level and tumour cell glucose transport rate can influence whether or not PI3K inhibitors affect [(18)F]FDG incorporation which may account for the variation in preclinical and clinical findings associated with [(18)F]FDG-PET in response to trastuzumab and other HER-2 targeting drugs.
Bibliographical noteAcknowledgment The work was funded by the University of Aberdeen and Friends of Anchor. We thank Dr Iain Brown, University of Aberdeen, for the generous gift of the anti-pHER2 antibody.
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