Prior research has shown that inhibition of the DNA damage sensing kinase ATM selectively increases the efficacy of radiation therapy in tumors that have mutations in genes that regulate the DNA damage response. Since DIPG tumors frequently contain mutations in key components of the DNA damage response pathway, an intriguing open question is whether DIPG might be susceptible to radiosensitization by ATM inhibition.
In this project, Dr. Reitman will test whether DIPG is susceptible to radiosensitization by ATM inhibition in genetically engineered mouse models of the most frequent genetic subtypes of DIPG. He will determine the molecular mechanism by which specific genetic subtypes of DIPG can be radiosensitized in this manner.
This grant is being funded jointly by Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation, The ChadTough Foundation, and SoSo Strong Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.