cultures were plated in 384 well plates at a seeding density of 2000 cells per well over graded concentrations of 60 small molecule kinase inhibitors. Each inhibitor was plated individually at four concentrations predicted to bracket the IC50 for that drug. Cells were cultured in RPMI 1640 supplemented with 2mM glutamine, 2mM sodium pyruvate, Vorinostat clinical 2mM HEPES, 1% penicillin streptomycin, and 10% fetal bovine serum for 72 hours. At the end of the 72 hour incubation, cell viability was assessed using the MTS assay. All values were normal ized to the mean of seven wells on each plate containing no drug. The IC50 for each drug was then determined by identification of the two concentrations bracketing 50% cell viability and application of the following formula, DA where cell viabil ity value above 50% A and cell viability value below 50% B.
The experimentally generated IC50 values are included as Additional file 2. The experimentally gener ated sensitivities of the 60 drugs are then scaled to values between 0 and 1. Among the 60 drugs on the drug screen, 46 drugs have Inhibitors,Modulators,Libraries known target inhibition profiles, of these 46 drugs, 2 pro vide information only on the target mTOR and analysis of these drugs are triv ial. Thus, the remaining 44 drugs are used to generate the TIMs. These target profiles were extracted from several literature sources based on experimental quan titative dissociation constants which are treated as EC50 values for each drug across kinase target assays with more than 300 targets. The target profiles of the drugs are shown in Additional file 3.
Figures 2 and 3 represent the equivalent TIM cir cuits generated from experimental data for Bailey and Sy respectively. The TIM circuits for Charley and Cora are included in Additional file 1. To emphasize the biological relevance provided by the TIM framework employed in the analysis Inhibitors,Modulators,Libraries Inhibitors,Modulators,Libraries of the biologi cal data, we present a Inhibitors,Modulators,Libraries more in depth analysis of the TIM circuit devised for the canine patient Bailey. The vast majority of human osteosarcomas con tain genetic or post translational abnormalities in one or both of the tumor suppressors p53 and pRb. The first target identified in this circuit is PKC alpha. PKC alpha modifies CDKN1A, which is the primary mediator of p53 tumor suppressor activity. PSMB5 represents the proteasome.
Previous studies and early preclinical data from the Keller laboratory confirms in vitro sensitiv ity of many osteosarcomas to proteasome inhibitors and this sensitivity is hypothesized to be due to the integral role of the proteasome in p53 regulation. Interest ingly, CDK4 is also prominent in this circuit, Batimastat which is a primary inhibitor of the tumor suppressor pRb, which is also frequently trichostatin a mechanism of action abnormal in spontaneous human osteosar coma. CDK2 is an important modifier of both p53 and pRb and is also represented in this circuit. The importance of PI3K pathway in osteosarcoma has also been recently reported using high throughput genotyping. Our TIM circuit includes AKT2 which is down stream o