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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (25559287)
Authors Young NR, Soneru C, Liu J, Grushko TA, Hardeman A, Olopade OI, Baum A, Solca F, Cohen EE
Title Afatinib efficacy against squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck cell lines in vitro and in vivo.
Journal Targeted oncology
Vol 10
Issue 4
Date 2015 Dec
Abstract Text Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors have demonstrated efficacy in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). In addition to EGFR, other ErbB family members are expressed and activated in SCCHN. Afatinib is an ErbB family blocker that has been approved for treating patients with EGFR-mutated nonsmall cell lung cancer. We sought to determine the efficacy of afatinib in preclinical models and compare this to other EGFR-targeted agents. Afatinib efficacy was characterized in a panel of ten SCCHN cell lines and found to be most effective against cell lines amplified for EGFR. Afatinib had lower IC(50) values than did gefitinib against the same panel. Two EGFR-amplified cell lines that are resistant to gefitinib are sensitive to afatinib. Cetuximab was not found to have a synergistic effect with afatinib either in vitro or in vivo. Both afatinib and cetuximab were effective in tumor xenograft model. Afatinib is an effective agent in SCCHN especially in models with EGFR amplification.


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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
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
Unknown unknown head and neck squamous cell carcinoma not applicable Cetuximab Preclinical - Cell line xenograft Actionable In a preclinical study, Erbitux (cetuximab) inhibited tumor growth in xenograft models of a head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cell line (PMID: 25559287). 25559287