Objectives: The aim of this paper was to investigate the Efficacy and activity variation associated with phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signal transduction when combining erlotinib with radiation, using different administration schedules. Materials and methods: Erlotinib was delivered to A973 cancer cells in the following three ways: (1) irradiation after administration, (2) irradiation upon administration, and, (3) irradiation before administration. The cell-survival rates were detected using colony-forming assays, while cell apoptosis was detected with fow cytometry. The expression levels of C-MET, p-C-MET, AKT, and p-AKT were determined via Western blotting analysis, under 6 Gy irradiation with/ without erlotinib. Results: The sensitizer enhancement ratios (SERs) of erlotinib irradiation after administration, irradiation upon administration, and irradiation before administration groups were 2.19, 1.53, and 1.38, respectively. A higher apoptosis rate was observed when irradiation was delivered after erlotinib. In addition, changes in cell apoptosis were found to be related to concurrent changes in C-MET, p-C-MET, AKT, and p-AKT expression. Protein expression increased in the combination groups, with trends showing a negative relationship with cell apoptosis. Conclusion: The radiosensitive effect of erlotinib varied because of the different administration schedules; this variation may be related to PI3K signal transduction and its associated regulating effect. © 2013 Zhuang et al, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.
Zhaung, H. Q., Bo, Q. F., Yuan, Z. Y., Wang, J., Zhao, L. J., & Wang, P. (2013). The different radiosensitivity when combining erlotinib with radiation at different administration schedules might be related to activity variations in c-MET-PI3K-AKT signal transduction. OncoTargets and Therapy, 6, 603–608. https://doi.org/10.2147/OTT.S44505