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Previously Funded Research

2023 LCRF Research Grant on Understanding Resistance in Lung Cancer

Ann Pendergast, PhD

Duke University School of Medicine

Research Project:

Uncovering novel vulnerabilities to treat SCLC therapy resistance


Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a highly aggressive neuroendocrine lung cancer that is typically metastatic upon diagnosis. The overall 5-year survival rate for SCLC patients is only ~7%, and has remained unchanged for over 30 years. Therefore, there is an urgent need to define the molecular mechanisms that promote metastatic SCLC in order to identify effective treatment strategies to treat this deadly cancer. The Pendergast laboratory recently found that pharmacologic inhibition of ABL kinases with ABL-specific inhibitors impairs SCLC metastasis in mouse models, resulting in prolonged animal survival. This proposal will evaluate whether ABL kinase inhibition sensitizes SCLC to therapies targeting stress response pathways, and/or to metabolic inhibitors.