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What is the Underlying Mechanism of Crizotinib Induced-Erythroderma?

Crizotinib is a multi-target receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor which is of great importance for the management of ALK-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Serious erythroderma and toxic epidermal necrolysis have been reported associated with crizotinib treatment. The underlying mechanisms have not been examined. In this study, we tested the toxicity of crizotinib on immortal human keratinocytes (HaCaT) and human primary keratinocytes. We found that crizotinib directly cause cytotoxic on these two cells, which could be the explanation of the clinical characteristic of pathology. Apoptosis was observed and Z-VAD-FMK, a pan-caspase inhibitor can almost totally reverse the apoptosis induction effect of crizotinib. However, mitochondrial dysfunction and DNA damage were not involved in crizotinib-induced apoptosis, indicating the intrinsic apoptosis pathway have no connection with this cutaneous toxicity. Further studies showed that crizotinib significantly increased cleaved-caspase-8, a signaling protein of extrinsic apoptosis pathway, in a concentration and time-dependent manner. Moreover, we found the targets of crizotinib were not involved in HaCaT cells apoptosis. Collectively, our findings first report keratinocytes apoptosis is the key cause of crizotinib-induced cutaneous toxicity. We also reveal crizotinib induce apoptosis through the extrinsic apoptosis pathway due to detected up-regulated cleaved-caspase-8. Meanwhile, the apoptosis is independent of mitochondrial dysfunction, DNA damage and related drug targets inhibition.

Drug Toxicology