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Histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymatic activity has been linked to the transcription of DNA in cancers including multiple myeloma (MM). Therefore, HDAC inhibitors used alone and in combination are being actively studied as novel therapies in MM. In the present study, we investigated the preclinical activity of ACY-1215, an HDAC6-selective inhibitor, alone and(More)
Sclerostin is a potent inhibitor of osteoblastogenesis. Interestingly, newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM) patients have high levels of circulating sclerostin that correlate with disease stage and fractures. However, the source and impact of sclerostin in MM remains to be defined. Our goal was to determine the role of sclerostin in the biology of MM and(More)
Proteasome inhibition induces the accumulation of aggregated misfolded/ubiquitinated proteins in the aggresome; conversely, histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) inhibition blocks aggresome formation. Although this rationale has been the basis of proteasome inhibitor (PI) and HDAC6 inhibitor combination studies, the role of disruption of aggresome formation by(More)
Given the prevalence of osteolytic bone disease in multiple myeloma (MM), novel therapies targeting bone microenvironment are essential. Previous studies have identified activin A to be of critical importance in MM-induced osteolysis. Lenalidomide is a known and approved treatment strategy for relapsed MM. Our findings demonstrate that lenalidomide acts(More)
Small-molecule multi-targeted cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitors (CDKIs) are of particular interest due to their potent antitumor activity independent of p53 gene alterations. P53 deletion is associated with a very poor prognosis in multiple myeloma (MM). In this regard, we tested the anti-MM activity of RGB-286638, an indenopyrazole-derived CDKI with(More)
Bone involvement represented by osteolytic bone disease (OBD) or osteopenia is one of the pathognomonic and defining characteristics of multiple myeloma (MM). Nearly 90 % of patients with MM develop osteolytic bone lesions, frequently complicated by skeletal-related events (SRE) such as severe bone pain, pathological fractures, vertebral collapse,(More)
Over-expression of the protein Dickkopf-1 (Dkk1) has been associated with multiple myeloma bone disease. Previous reports with the use of anti-Dkk1 neutralizing Ab directed strategies have demonstrated a pro-anabolic effect with associated anti-myeloma activity in 2 in vivo mouse models. However new insights on the role of the wnt pathway in osteoclasts(More)
Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk) modulates B-cell development and activation and has an important role in antibody production. Interestingly, Btk may also affect human osteoclast (OC) function; however, the mechanism was unknown. Here we studied a potent and specific Btk inhibitor, CC-292, in multiple myeloma (MM). In this report, we demonstrate that,(More)
Despite promising preclinical results with mTOR kinase inhibitors in multiple myeloma, resistance to these drugs may arise via feedback activation loops. This concern is especially true for insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R), because IGF1R signaling is downregulated by multiple AKT and mTOR feedback mechanisms. We have tested this hypothesis in(More)
Decorin is a small, leucine-rich proteoglycan found in the extracellular matrix of various connective tissues with potential effective tumor suppressive properties. Recent data suggest low levels of decorin in multiple myeloma (MM) patients compared to healthy volunteers, as well as in patients with osteolytic bone lesions compared to non-osteolytic(More)