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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (29568395)
Authors Konicek BW, Capen AR, Credille KM, Ebert PJ, Falcon BL, Heady GL, Patel BKR, Peek VL, Stephens JR, Stewart JA, Stout SL, Timm DE, Um SL, Willard MD, Wulur IH, Zeng Y, Wang Y, Walgren RA, Betty Yan SC
Title Merestinib (LY2801653) inhibits neurotrophic receptor kinase (NTRK) and suppresses growth of NTRK fusion bearing tumors.
Journal Oncotarget
Vol 9
Issue 17
Date 2018 Mar 02
Abstract Text Merestinib is an oral multi-kinase inhibitor targeting a limited number of oncokinases including MET, AXL, RON and MKNK1/2. Here, we report that merestinib inhibits neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinases NTRK1/2/3 which are oncogenic drivers in tumors bearing NTRK fusion resulting from chromosomal rearrangements. Merestinib is shown to be a type II NTRK1 kinase inhibitor as determined by x-ray crystallography. In KM-12 cells harboring TPM3-NTRK1 fusion, merestinib exhibits potent p-NTRK1 inhibition in vitro by western blot and elicits an anti-proliferative response in two- and three-dimensional growth. Merestinib treatment demonstrated profound tumor growth inhibition in in vivo cancer models harboring either a TPM3-NTRK1 or an ETV6-NTRK3 gene fusion. To recapitulate resistance observed from type I NTRK kinase inhibitors entrectinib and larotrectinib, we generated NIH-3T3 cells exogenously expressing TPM3-NTRK1 wild-type, or acquired mutations G595R and G667C in vitro and in vivo. Merestinib blocks tumor growth of both wild-type and mutant G667C TPM3-NTRK1 expressing NIH-3T3 cell-derived tumors. These preclinical data support the clinical evaluation of merestinib, a type II NTRK kinase inhibitor (NCT02920996), both in treatment naïve patients and in patients progressed on type I NTRK kinase inhibitors with acquired secondary G667C mutation in NTRK fusion bearing tumors.


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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
Merestinib LY2801653 AXL Inhibitor 24 DDR1 Inhibitor 8 DDR2 inhibitor 7 FLT3 Inhibitor 50 MET Inhibitor 51 RON Inhibitor 10 ROS1 Inhibitor 14 Trk Receptor Inhibitor (Pan) 23 TYRO3 Inhibitor 8 Merestinib (LY2801653) inhibits several receptor tyrosine kinases including MET, MST1R (RON), AXL, MERTK, TYRO3, ROS1 fusions, PDGFRA, FLT3, TEK, DDR1/2, MKNK1/2, and NTRK1/2/3 with greatest activity against NTRK1, and may result in decreased tumor growth (PMID: 23275061, PMID: 24305878, PMID: 29568395).
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 head and neck squamous cell carcinoma sensitive Merestinib Preclinical - Pdx Actionable In a preclinical study, a head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patient-derived xenograft (PDX) model harboring ETV6-NTRK3 was sensitive to treatment with Merestinib (LY2801653) compared to vehicle, demonstrating decreased tumor growth (PMID: 29568395). 29568395