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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (30274985)
Authors Gebreyohannes YK, Wozniak A, Zhai ME, Wellens J, Cornillie J, Vanleeuw U, Evans E, Gardino AK, Lengauer C, Debiec-Rychter M, Sciot R, Schöffski P
Title Robust Activity of Avapritinib, Potent and Highly Selective Inhibitor of Mutated KIT, in Patient-derived Xenograft Models of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors.
Abstract Text Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are commonly treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI). The majority of patients with advanced GIST ultimately become resistant to TKI due to acquisition of secondary KIT mutations, whereas primary resistance is mainly caused by PDGFRA p.D842V mutation. We tested the activity of avapritinib, a potent and highly selective inhibitor of mutated KIT and PDGFRA, in three patient-derived xenograft (PDX) GIST models carrying different KIT mutations, with differential sensitivity to standard TKI.Experimental Design: NMRI nu/nu mice (n = 93) were transplanted with human GIST xenografts with KIT exon 11+17 (UZLX-GIST9 KIT 11+17 ), exon 11 (UZLX-GIST3 KIT 11 ), or exon 9 (UZLX-GIST2B KIT9 ) mutations, respectively. We compared avapritinib (10 and 30 mg/kg/once daily) versus vehicle, imatinib (50 mg/kg/bid) or regorafenib (30 mg/kg/once daily; UZLX-GIST9 KIT11+17 ); avapritinib (10, 30, 100 mg/kg/once daily) versus vehicle or imatinib [UZLX-GIST3 KIT11 ]; and avapritinib (10, 30, 60 mg/kg/once daily) versus vehicle, imatinib (50, 100 mg/kg/twice daily), or sunitinib (40 mg/kg/once daily; UZLX-GIST2B KIT9 ).In all models, avapritinib resulted in reduction of tumor volume, significant inhibition of proliferation, and reduced KIT signaling. In two models, avapritinib led to remarkable histologic responses, increase in apoptosis, and inhibition of MAPK-phosphorylation. Avapritinib showed superior (UZLX-GIST9 KIT 11+17 and -GIST2B KIT 9 ) or equal (UZLX-GIST3 KIT 11 ) antitumor activity to the standard dose of imatinib. In UZLX-GIST9 KIT 11+17 , the antitumor effects of avapritinib were significantly better than with imatinib or regorafenib.Avapritinib has significant antitumor activity in GIST PDX models characterized by different KIT mutations and sensitivity to established TKI. These data provide strong support for the ongoing clinical trials with avapritinib in patients with GIST (NCT02508532, NCT03465722).


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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
Avapritinib Avapritinib 65 7
Drug Name Trade Name Synonyms Drug Classes Drug Description
Avapritinib Ayvakit BLU-285 KIT Inhibitor 57 PDGFR-alpha Inhibitor 9 Ayvakit (avapritinib) is a selective inhibitor of PDGFRA D842V and KIT exon 17 mutants, including KIT D816V, potentially resulting in decreased tumor growth (PMID: 30274985). Ayvakit (avapritinib) is FDA approved for use in patients with unresectable or metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor harboring a PDGFRA exon 18 mutation, including D842V, and in patients with advanced systemic mastocytosis (
Gene 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
KIT A502_Y503dup gastrointestinal stromal tumor sensitive Avapritinib Preclinical - Pdx Actionable In a preclinical study, a patient derived xenograft (PDX) model with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor harboring KIT A502_Y503dup was sensitive to treatment with Ayvakit (avapritinib), demonstrating a 90% stabilized tumor volume at a dose of 30mg/kg and tumor regression at a dose of 60mg/kg, and inhibition of cell proliferation (PMID: 30274985). 30274985
KIT W557Lfs*5 KIT P577del KIT D820G gastrointestinal stromal tumor sensitive Avapritinib Preclinical - Pdx Actionable In a preclinical study, a patient derived xenograft (PDX) model with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor harboring KIT W557Lfs*5, KIT P577del, and KIT D820G was sensitive to treatment with Ayvakit (avapritinib), demonstrating a stabilized tumor volume at a dose of 10mg/kg and 27% tumor regression at a dose of 30mg/kg, a histologic response, and apoptotic activity (PMID: 30274985). 30274985