PMID: 34873466Dec 8, 2021Paper

Highly potent dopamine receptor D2 antagonist ONC206 demonstrates anti-tumorigenic activity in endometrial cancer.

American Journal of Cancer Research
Allison StaleyVictoria Bae-Jump


Endometrial cancer (EC) is a highly obesity-driven cancer, with limited treatment options. ONC201 is an imipridone that selectively antagonizes the G protein-coupled receptors dopamine receptor D2 and D3 (DRD2/3) and activates human mitochondrial caseinolytic protease P (ClpP). It is a promising first-in-class small molecule that has been reported to have anti-neoplastic activity in various types of cancer through induction of the integrated stress response (ISR) as well as through stimulation of tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) and subsequent induction of apoptosis. ONC201 is being evaluated in Phase II clinical trials for solid tumors and hematological malignancies, including EC. ONC206 is an analog of ONC201 with nanomolar potency in Phase I clinical trials. This study evaluated the anti-tumor efficacy of ONC206 in EC cell lines and the Lkb1fl/flp53fl/fl genetically engineered mouse model of endometrioid EC. ONC206 revealed greater potency than ONC201 in the inhibition of proliferation in EC cell lines, with IC50 concentration ranges of 0.21-0.32 µM for ONC026 versus 2.14-3.53 µM for ONC201. ONC206 induced cellular stress, apoptosis and cell cycle G1 arrest, accompanied by inhibition of the AKT...Continue Reading

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