Down-regulation of insulin receptor by antibodies against the type I insulin-like growth factor receptor: Implications for anti-insulin-like growth factor therapy in breast cancer

Deepali Sachdev, Rajeeva Singh, Yoko Fujita-Yamaguchi, Douglas Yee

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Abstract

Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), IGF-II, and insulin have all been implicated in regulating several aspects of the malignant phenotype via the type I IGF receptor (IGF1R) and insulin receptor (IR). We have previously shown that a chimeric single-chain antibody against IGF1R (scFv-Fc) and a murine antibody EM164 down-regulate IGF1R, making breast cancer cells unresponsive to IGF-1. To determine if IR signaling is affected, we examined regulation of IR in MCF-7 cells after exposure to these antibodies. Surprisingly, both scFv-Fc and EM164 resulted in decreased levels of IR in vitro and in vivo despite their lack of reactivity against IR. Twenty-four-hour pretreatment with EM164 also inhibited insulin-mediated phosphorylation of IR and insulin-stimulated proliferation of MCF-7 cells. Neither scFv-Fc nor EM164 caused down-regulation of IR in cells that express very low levels of IGF1R or no IGF1R. Expression of IGF1R was required for IR down-regulation, which was specific as neither antibody caused down-regulation of β1 integrin or epidermal growth factor receptor. Reagents that disrupt lipid rafts inhibited IR down-regulation by the antibodies, suggesting that IR in close physical proximity to IGF1R in lipid rafts was being endocytosed. Our data show that down-regulation of IR by monoclonal antibodies against IGF1R requires the coexpression of IGF1R and may be due to endocytosis of hybrid IR/IGF1R or holo-IR. Thus, antibodies against IGF1R provide inhibition of both IGF and insulin signaling in cancer cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2391-2402
Number of pages12
JournalCancer Research
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2006

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