Journal article

The Paradoxical Effect of PARP Inhibitor BGP-15 on Irinotecan-Induced Cachexia and Skeletal Muscle Dysfunction

Dean G Campelj, Cara A Timpani, Aaron C Petersen, Alan Hayes, Craig A Goodman, Emma Rybalka

CANCERS | MDPI | Published : 2020


Chemotherapy-induced muscle wasting and dysfunction is a contributing factor to cachexia alongside cancer and increases the risk of morbidity and mortality. Here, we investigate the effects of the chemotherapeutic agent irinotecan (IRI) on skeletal muscle mass and function and whether BGP-15 (a poly-(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) inhibitor and heat shock protein co-inducer) adjuvant therapy could protect against IRI-induced skeletal myopathy. Healthy 6-week-old male Balb/C mice (n = 24; 8/group) were treated with six intraperitoneal injections of either vehicle, IRI (30 mg/kg) or BGP-15 adjuvant therapy (IRI+BGP; 15 mg/kg) over two weeks. IRI reduced lean and tibialis anterior mass, whic..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by program establishment grants from the Institute for Sport, Exercise and Active Living and the Centre for Chronic Disease, Victoria University (now the Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University).