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Poster Display session 3

5163 - Preclinical Evaluation targeting both IGF1R and IR in Triple Negative Breast Cancer


30 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 3


Translational Research

Tumour Site

Breast Cancer


Alex Eustace


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v760-v796. 10.1093/annonc/mdz268


A.J. Eustace1, S. Roche1, N. Mukherjee1, F. O'Neill1, N. Conlon1, J. Meiller1, D.M. Collins1, P. Gaule1, A. Canonici1, S.F. Madden2, N. O'Donovan1, J. Crown3

Author affiliations

  • 1 National Institute For Cellular Biotechnology, Dublin City University, 9 - Dublin/IE
  • 2 Data Science Centre, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin 1 - Dublin/IE
  • 3 Medical Oncology, St Vincents University Hospital, D04 T6F4 - Dublin/IE


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Abstract 5163


Insulin Receptor (INSR) signalling may play a role in resistance to insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF1R) therapy. Although IGF1R is frequently expressed in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), we found that an IGF1R monoclonal antibody did not inhibit the growth of TNBC cells. Thus, we hypothesised that dual targeting of IGF1R and INSR may be more effective in TNBC.


Relative mRNA expression of INSR and IGFIR were analysed across different subtypes of breast cancer using the BreastMark database. INSR-A, INSR-B, IGF1R and insulin like growth factor 2 (IGFII) was quantified by qRT-PCR in a panel of 11 TNBC cell lines. Proliferation assays were performed on TNBC cell lines treated with the dual IR/INSR inhibitor Linsitinib (OSI-906). Combinations were performed by testing Linsitinib with Xentuzumab (BI-836845), cisplatin, docetaxel, or the PI3K inhibitor Dactolisib (NVP-BEZ235). We also tested the anti-proliferative effect of Linsitinib in combination with Xentuzumab when stimulated with IGF-I and IGF-II following serum-starvation for 24 hours. Finally, Linsitinib was tested in HCC-1143 xenografts to assess the effect of low-dose treatment on tumour formation.


No significant differences were observed between the basal-like and non-basal-like cell lines for IR or IGF1R mRNA expression. However, IGF-II mRNA was more frequently detected in non-basal-like (80%, 4/5) compared to basal-like cell lines (20%, 1/5). Only three of the 12 cell lines tested showed sensitivity to Linsitinib with IC50 values less than 10 µM. The two most sensitive cell lines, HDQ-P1 and HCC1143, expressed detectable levels of IGF1R, INSR-A and INSR-B mRNAs. Although Linsitinib blocked IGF-I and IGF-II stimulated proliferation in both HCC1143 and HDQ-P1 cells, addition of Linsitinib to either chemotherapy or Dactolisib did not enhance therapeutic response. Linisitinib did not reduce tumour formation or tumour growth in an in vivo TNBC cell-line xenograft model.


Although IGF1R has been shown to be frequently expressed in TNBC, our in vitro and in vivo data suggest that it may not be a good therapeutic target in the TNBC subtype.

Clinical trial identification

Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

The authors.


Boehringer Ingleheim.


N. O’Donovan: Research grant / Funding (institution): Boehringer Ingleheim. J. Crown: Honoraria (self), Speaker Bureau / Expert testimony, Research grant / Funding (institution): Boehringer Ingleheim; Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment: OncoMark Limited; Honoraria (self), Advisory / Consultancy, Speaker Bureau / Expert testimony, Research grant / Funding (institution): Eisai; Honoraria (self): Amgen; Honoraria (self), Advisory / Consultancy, Research grant / Funding (institution): Puma Biotechnology; Honoraria (self), Advisory / Consultancy: Seattle Genetics; Honoraria (self), Advisory / Consultancy, Speaker Bureau / Expert testimony, Travel / Accommodation / Expenses: Pfizer; Honoraria (self), Advisory / Consultancy: Vertex; Honoraria (self), Speaker Bureau / Expert testimony: Genomic Health; Honoraria (self), Advisory / Consultancy, Research grant / Funding (institution), Travel / Accommodation / Expenses: Roche; Honoraria (self), Travel / Accommodation / Expenses: MSD Oncology; Travel / Accommodation / Expenses: AstraZeneca; Travel / Accommodation / Expenses: Abbvie. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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