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Transcription profiling of mouse small intestine following treatment with dexamethosone and DBZ


ABSTRACT: Gamma-secretase inhibitors (GSIs), which block the activation of NOTCH receptors, are being tested in the treatment of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Thus far, limited antileukemic cytotoxicity and severe gastrointestinal toxicity have restricted the clinical application of these targeted drugs. Here we show that combination therapy with GSIs plus glucocorticoids can improve the antileukemic effects of GSIs and reduce their gut toxicity in vivo. Inhibition of NOTCH1 signaling in glucocorticoid-resistant T-ALL restored glucocorticoid receptor auto-up-regulation and induced apoptotic cell death through induction of BIM expression. Additionally, cotreatment with glucocorticoids induced Ccnd2 upregulation in the gut which protected mice from the intestinal secretory metaplasia typically induced by loss of NOTCH signaling. These results support a role for glucocorticoids plus GSIs in the treatment of glucocorticoid-resistant T-ALL. Experiment Overall Design: Experiments analyzing the interacition of dexamethasone and the gamma-secretase inhibitor DBZ were carried out in 6-week-old C57/Black6 female mice (Jackson Laboratory). In these studies we treated mice with vehicle (DMSO) (n=2), dexamethasone (15 mg/kg) (n=2), DBZ (10 micromol/kg) (n=2) and dexamethasone (15 mg/kg) plus DBZ (10 micromol/kg) (n=2) daily by intraperitoneal injection for 5 days. At the end of the treatment, animals were euthanized and segments of the small intestine were collected and processed for RNA extraction, histological and immunohistochemical analysis.

INSTRUMENT(S): 418 [Affymetrix]

ORGANISM(S): Mus musculus  

SUBMITTER: Adolfo A. Ferrando  

PROVIDER: E-GEOD-11184 | ArrayExpress | 2009-04-10

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): GSE11184PRJNA106885

REPOSITORIES: GEO, ArrayExpress

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