Introduction: Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms are fairly rare tumors with very heterogeneous behavior and molecular characteristics. Their generally slow proliferation render them virtually resistant to many DNA damaging therapeutic approaches. Bortezomib has been shown to be effective in GEP-NENs in vitro but has been withdrawn from clinical assessment due to a small phase II study on bortezomib monotherapy in 2004.
Conference: 13th Annual ENETS conference (2016)
Category: Medical treatment - Targeted therapies
Presenting Author: Franziska Briest
Introduction: Peptide radioreceptor therapy (PRRT) is a promising therapy option for SSTR2-positive pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (NEN). However, therapeutic effects are often not satisfying concerning sensitivity to PRRT. We hypothesize that the slow proliferation of NENs provides sufficient time for the repair of beta-particle induced-DNA damage. The ubiquitin-proteasome-system is involved in DNA damage repair and affected by the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib (Velcade®). The inhibition of DNA damage repair during PRRT may be an option to improve therapy response in NEN. We have recently demonstrated the damage repair inhibitory and pro-apoptotic effect of bortezomib in NEN in vitro (Briest et al., in revision).
Conference: 15th Annual ENETS conference (2018)
Category: Basic Science - In vitro models, tumor growth, CTCs
Presenting Author: Dr. Franziska Briest