Resistance Mechanisms for the Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Ibrutinib
ABSTRACT Background Ibrutinib is an irreversible inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) and is effective in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Resistance to irreversible kinase inhibitors and resistance associated with BTK inhibition have not been characterized. Although only a small proportion of patients have had a relapse during ibrutinib therapy, an understanding of resistance mechanisms is important. We evaluated patients with relapsed disease to identify mutations that may mediate ibrutinib resistance. Methods We performed whole-exome sequencing at baseline and the time of relapse on samples from six patients with acquired resistance to ibrutinib therapy. We then performed functional analysis of identified mutations. In addition, we performed Ion Torrent sequencing for identified resistance mutations on samples from nine patients with prolonged lymphocytosis. Results We identified a cysteine-to-serine mutation in BTK at the binding site of ibrutinib in five patients and identified three distinct mutations in PLCγ2 in two patients. Functional analysis showed that the C481S mutation of BTK results in a protein that is only reversibly inhibited by ibrutinib. The R665W and L845F mutations in PLCγ2 are both potentially gain-of-function mutations that lead to autonomous B-cell-receptor activity. These mutations were not found in any of the patients with prolonged lymphocytosis who were taking ibrutinib. Conclusions Resistance to the irreversible BTK inhibitor ibrutinib often involves mutation of a cysteine residue where ibrutinib binding occurs. This finding, combined with two additional mutations in PLCγ2 that are immediately downstream of BTK, underscores the importance of the B-cell-receptor pathway in the mechanism of action of ibrutinib in CLL. (Funded by the National Cancer Institute and others.).
Blood 04/2015; 125(14):2306-9. DOI:10.1182/blood-2014-12-619163 · 9.78 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (SCT) induces long-term remission in a fraction of patients with high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or Richter's transformation (RT). Our purpose was to determine the outcomes of patients whose disease progressed after allogeneic SCT. We retrospectively analyzed the outcomes of 72 patients (52 with CLL and 20 with RT) who underwent allogeneic SCT between 1998 and 2011 and had documented progression after transplantation. Twenty-two (31%) never had a response, and 50 (69%) had a response but experienced relapse after a median of 7 months (range, 2 to 85 months). Forty-eight patients who were receiving or were candidates to receive post-SCT cell-based therapies were not included in this analysis. The median age at time of transplantation was 58 years (range, 30 to 72 years). Sixty-two patients (86%) received more than two treatment regimens and 37 (51%) received more than three treatment regimens before SCT. Sixty-six patients (92%) had active disease at the time of transplantation. The 2- and 5-year survival rates were 67% and 38% (patients with CLL) and 36% and 0% (patients with RT). The patients who developed acute or chronic graft-versus-host disease had a longer overall survival (OS; P = .05). In a multivariable analysis, RT or low hemoglobin at the time of SCT predicted shorter OS. Chronic graft-versus-host disease and an initial response to SCT predicted longer OS. Patients with CLL in whom allogeneic SCT fails may have a response to and benefit from salvage therapies, and their prognosis is relatively good. © 2015 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; 33(14). DOI:10.1200/JCO.2014.58.6750 · 17.88 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Despite the therapeutic efficacy of ibrutinib in CLL, complete responses are infrequent and acquired resistance to BTK inhibition is being observed an increasing number of patients1,2. Combination regimens that increase frequency of complete remissions, accelerate time to remission, and overcome single agent resistance are of considerable interest. We have previously shown that the XPO1 inhibitor selinexor is pro-apoptotic in CLL cells and disrupts BCR signaling via BTK depletion. Herein we show the combination of selinexor and ibrutinib elicits a synergistic cytotoxic effect in primary CLL cells. The combination increases overall survival compared to ibrutinib alone in a mouse model of CLL. Selinexor is effective in cells isolated from patients with prolonged lymphocytosis following ibrutinib therapy. Finally, selinexor is effective in ibrutinib-refractory mice and in a cell line harboring the BTK C481S mutation. This is the first report describing the combined activity of ibrutinib and selinexor in CLL, which represents a new treatment paradigm and warrants further evaluation in clinical trials of CLL patients including those with acquired ibrutinib resistance. Copyright © 2015 American Society of Hematology.Blood 04/2015; DOI:10.1182/blood-2015-01-621391 · 9.78 Impact Factor