LY2157299 monohydrate, a TGF-βR1 inhibitor, suppresses tumor growth and ascites development in ovarian cancer

Qing Zhang, Xiaonan Hou, Bradley J. Evans, Jamison L. VanBlaricom, Saravut J. Weroha, William A. Cliby

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Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) signaling has pleiotropic functions regulating cancer initiation, development, and metastasis, and also plays important roles in the interaction between stromal and cancer cells, making the pathway a potential therapeutic target. LY2157299 monohydrate (LY), an inhibitor of TGF-β receptor I (TGFBRI), was examined for its ability to inhibit ovarian cancer (OC) growth both in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) cell lines and xenograft models. Immunohistochemistry, qRT-PCR, and Western blot were performed to study the effect of LY treatment on expression of cancer-and fibroblast-derived genes. Results showed that exposure to TGF-β1 induced phosphorylation of SMAD2 and SMAD3 in all tested OC cell lines, but this induction was suppressed by pretreatment with LY. LY alone inhibited the proliferation, migration, and invasion of HGSOC cells in vitro. TGF-β1-induced fibroblast activation was blocked by LY. LY also delayed tumor growth and suppressed ascites formation in vivo. In addition, independent of tumor inhibition, LY reduces ascites formation in vivo. Using OVCAR8 xenograft specimens we confirmed the inhibitory effect of LY on TGF-β signaling and tumor stromal expression of collagen type XI chain 1 (COL11A1) and versican (VCAN). These observations suggest a role for anti-TGF-β signaling-directed therapy in ovarian cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number260
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Ascites
  • High-grade serous ovarian cancer
  • LY2157299 monohydrate
  • Patient-derived xenografts
  • Stroma
  • TGF-β signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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