33P - The screening and characterization of aptamer against gefitinib-resistant cells

Date 07 May 2017
Event ELCC 2017
Session Poster Display Session
Topics Immunotherapy
Thoracic malignancies
Presenter Yuh-Ling Chen
Citation Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_2): ii9-ii13. 10.1093/annonc/mdx089
Authors Y. Chen, J. Wu, T. Hong
  • National Cheng Kung University, 70101 - Tainan/TW



The EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) gefitinib serves as first-line drug for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring EGFR mutation. The challenge of this target therapy is the acquired resistance due to T790M mutation after gefitinib treatment. Aptamers are single-strand DNA molecules that form 3D structures and specifically bind to target components. In this study, we wanted to isolate aptamers with recognition ability for gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cells and look for another mechanism that contributes to the acquired resistance that is not caused by T790M mutation.


We used PC9 (gefitinib-sensitive cells) and PC9-IR (gefitinib-resistant cells with no T790M mutation) cells to select specific aptamers that bound to membrane proteins which were overexpressed in PC9-IR cells. We used suction-type microfluidic control module to perform cell-systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (Cell-SELEX) and obtained some aptamers that had more affinity to bind to PC9-IR. We examined the specificity of the aptamers and observed whether aptamers could bind to cell membranes of PC9-IR. In addition, we tested the cell cytotoxicity of the aptamers.


We obtained the aptamer, AP16-23F, which had greater affinity to bind to PC9-IR. In order to test whether AP16-23F could recognize the cells with gefitinib resistance, we used AP16-23F to isolate cells from PC9 by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). The results showed that the cells selected by AP16-23F were more resistant to gefitinib.


We have isolated an aptamer with specificity for binding and capturing gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cells. This aptamer may be useful for drug resistance detection and may have the potential to deliver anti-cancer drug to gefitinib-resistant cells in the future.

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Legal entity responsible for the study

National Cheng Kung University


Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.