Integrated mapping of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in a patient-derived xenograft model of glioblastoma

Elizabeth C. Randall, Kristina B. Emdal, Janice K. Laramy, Minjee Kim, Alison Roos, David Calligaris, Michael S. Regan, Shiv K. Gupta, Ann C. Mladek, Brett L. Carlson, Aaron J. Johnson, Fa Ke Lu, X. Sunney Xie, Brian A. Joughin, Raven J. Reddy, Sen Peng, Walid M. Abdelmoula, Pamela R. Jackson, Aarti Kolluri, Katherine A. KellersbergerJeffrey N. Agar, Douglas A. Lauffenburger, Kristin R. Swanson, Nhan L. Tran, William F. Elmquist, Forest M. White, Jann N. Sarkaria, Nathalie Y.R. Agar

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Scopus citations


Therapeutic options for the treatment of glioblastoma remain inadequate despite concerted research efforts in drug development. Therapeutic failure can result from poor permeability of the blood-brain barrier, heterogeneous drug distribution, and development of resistance. Elucidation of relationships among such parameters could enable the development of predictive models of drug response in patients and inform drug development. Complementary analyses were applied to a glioblastoma patient-derived xenograft model in order to quantitatively map distribution and resulting cellular response to the EGFR inhibitor erlotinib. Mass spectrometry images of erlotinib were registered to histology and magnetic resonance images in order to correlate drug distribution with tumor characteristics. Phosphoproteomics and immunohistochemistry were used to assess protein signaling in response to drug, and integrated with transcriptional response using mRNA sequencing. This comprehensive dataset provides simultaneous insight into pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and indicates that erlotinib delivery to intracranial tumors is insufficient to inhibit EGFR tyrosine kinase signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4904
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Integrated mapping of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in a patient-derived xenograft model of glioblastoma'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this