Multidrug resistance protein-1 (MDR1) has been proven to be associated with the development of chemoresistance to imatinib (Glivec, STI571) which displays high efficacy in treatment of BCR-ABL-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). However, the possible mechanisms of MDR1 modulation in the process of the resistance development remain to be defined. Herein, galectin-1 was identified as a candidate modulator of MDR1 by proteomic analysis of a model system of leukemia cell lines with a gradual increase of MDR1 expression and drug resistance. Coincidently, alteration of galectin-1 expression triggers the change of MDR1 expression as well as the resistance to the cytotoxic drugs, suggesting that augment of MDR1 expression engages in galectin-1-mediated chemoresistance. Moreover, we provided the first data showing that NF-κB translocation induced by P38 MAPK activation was responsible for the modulation effect of galectin-1 on MDR1 in the chronic myelogenous leukemia cells. Galectin-1 might be considered as a novel target for combined modality therapy for enhancing the efficacy of CML treatment with imatinib.
Luo, W., Song, L., Chen, X.-L., Zeng, X.-F., Wu, J.-Z., Zhu, C.-R., … Wu, X.-P. (2016). Identification of galectin-1 as a novel mediator for chemoresistance in chronic myeloid leukemia cells. Oncotarget, 7(18). https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.8489