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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (29118225)
Authors Sigal D, Tartar M, Xavier M, Bao F, Foley P, Luo D, Christiansen J, Hornby Z, Maneval EC, Multani P
Title Activity of Entrectinib in a Patient With the First Reported NTRK Fusion in Neuroendocrine Cancer.
Journal Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN
Vol 15
Issue 11
Date 2017 Nov
Abstract Text Despite advances in genomic analysis, the molecular origin of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) is complex and poorly explained by described oncogenes. The neurotrophic TRK family, including NTRK1, 2, and 3, encode the proteins TRKA, TRKB, TRKC, respectively, involved in normal nerve development. Because NETs develop from the diffuse neuroendocrine system, we sought to determine whether NTRK alterations occur in NETs and whether TRK-targeted therapy would be effective. A patient with metastatic well-differentiated NET, likely of the small intestine, was enrolled on the STARTRK2 trial ( identifier: NCT02568267) and tissue samples were analyzed using an RNA-Seq next-generation sequencing platform. An ETV6:NTRK3 fusion was identified and therapy was initiated with the investigational agent entrectinib, a potent oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor of TRKA, TRKB, and TRKC. Upon treatment with entrectinib, the patient experienced rapid clinical improvement; his tumor response was characterized by initial tumor growth and necrosis. This is the first report of an NTRK fusion in NETs. Our patient's response to entrectinib suggests that NTRK fusions can be important in the pathogenesis of NETs. Recent DNA-based genomic analyses of NETs may have missed NTRK fusions due its large gene rearrangement size and multiple fusion partners. The tumor's initial pseudoprogression may represent a unique response pattern for TRK-targeted therapies. An effort to characterize the prevalence of NTRK fusions in NETs using optimal sequencing technology is important.


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Molecular Profile Treatment Approach
Gene Name Source Synonyms Protein Domains Gene Description Gene Role
Therapy Name Drugs Efficacy Evidence Clinical Trials
Drug Name Trade Name Synonyms Drug Classes Drug Description
Variant Impact Protein Effect Variant Description Associated with drug Resistance
Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
ETV6-NTRK3 small intestine neuroendocrine neoplasm predicted - sensitive Entrectinib Case Reports/Case Series Actionable In a clinical study, Entrectinib (RXDX-101) treatment resulted in rapid response and tumor necrosis in a patient with a small intestine neuroendocrine tumor harboring a ETV6-NTRK3 fusion (PMID: 29118225; NCT02568267). 29118225