Theses and Dissertations
Investigating the Efficacy of JAK2/STAT3 and PI3K/mTOR Inhibitory Therapy on Glioblastoma and Basal Breast Cancer Cell Lines
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Megan Keniry
Dr. Robert Gilkerson
Dr. Matthew Terry
The JAK2/STAT3 and PI3K/mTOR pathways are upregulated in cancer cells. STAT3 promotes a positive feedback loop for the stem program whereas PI3K inhibits FOXOs tumor suppressor role and mTOR promotes tumorigenic advancement. Particularly GBM and BBC are aggressive cancers that have a stem cell population that makes them difficult to treat and metastatic. We investigate the effects of a combination therapy that inhibits JAK2/STAT3 and PI3K/mTOR output aiming to lower stem cell expression and promote apoptosis. Our collected data indicates that the dual inhibition induced apoptosis, but it also increased the stem cell signature. The findings pave way for the future isolation of the remaining stem cells to investigate their intricacies and identify how to target them effectively.
Vazquez, Neftali, "Investigating the Efficacy of JAK2/STAT3 and PI3K/mTOR Inhibitory Therapy on Glioblastoma and Basal Breast Cancer Cell Lines" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 541.
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