NKp44-Derived Peptide Used in Combination Stimulates Antineoplastic Efficacy of Targeted Therapeutic Drugs

Muhammed Iraqi, Priyanka Bolel, Rhitajit Sarkar, Baisali Bhattacharya, Muhammad Abu Ahmad, Avishay Edri, Laila C. Roisman, Moshe Elkabets, Walid Shalata, Nir Peled, Angel Porgador

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Lung cancer cells in the tumor microenvironment facilitate immune evasion that leads to failure of conventional chemotherapies, despite provisionally decided on the genetic diagnosis of patients in a clinical setup. The current study follows three lung cancer patients who underwent “personalized” chemotherapeutic intervention. Patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) were subjected to tumor microarray and treatment screening with chemotherapies, either individually or in combination with the peptide R11-NLS-pep8; this peptide targets both membrane-associated and nuclear PCNA. Ex vivo, employing PDX-derived explants, it was found that combination with R11-NLS-pep8 stimulated antineoplastic effect of chemotherapies that were, although predicted based on the patient’s genetic mutation, inactive on their own. Furthermore, treatment in vivo of PDX-bearing mice showed an exactly similar trend in the result, corroborating the finding to be translated into clinical setup.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14054
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2022


  • lung cancer
  • NKp44
  • PCNA-binding peptide
  • personalized medicine
  • synergistic effect
  • tumor xenograft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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