OBJECTIVE: A third-generation epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), osimertinib, is the standard treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer harbouring mutant EGFR. Unfortunately, these patients inevitably acquire resistance to EGFR-TKI therapies, including osimertinib. However, the mechanism associated with this resistance remains unclear. METHODS: A 63-year-old Japanese female with lung adenocarcinoma underwent right upper lobectomy (pT1bN2M0 pStage IIIA, EGFR Ex21 L858R). She manifested post-operative tumour recurrence with multiple lung metastases 8 months later and began gefitinib treatment. The lung lesions re-grew 15 months later, and EGFR T790M mutation was detected in the lung metastasis re-biopsy. She was administered osimertinib; however, it relapsed with pleural effusion 16 months later. We isolated cells from the osimertinib-resistant pleural effusion to establish a novel cell line, ABC-31. RESULTS: Although the EGFR L858R mutation was detected in ABC-31 cells, the T790M mutation was lost. ABC-31 cells were resistant to EGFR-TKIs, including osimertinib. Phospho-receptor tyrosine kinase array revealed activation of the insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R), whereas overexpression of the IGF1R ligand, IGF2, induced IGF1R activation in ABC-31 cells. Combination therapy using EGFR-TKIs and IGF1R inhibitor acted synergistically in vitro. She was re-administered osimertinib since EGFR-TKIs and IGF1R inhibitor combination therapy was impossible in clinical practice. This had a slight and short-lived effect. CONCLUSIONS: Taken together, we have successfully established a new osimertinib-resistant lung adenocarcinoma cell line with activated IGF1R. These ABC-31 cells will help develop novel therapeutic strategies for patients with lung adenocarcinoma resistant to specific treatment via IGF1R activation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cancer Research