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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (27256378)
Authors Wang X, Wong J, Sevinsky CJ, Kokabee L, Khan F, Sun Y, Conklin DS
Title Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Prevent Therapeutic Escape in Breast Cancer Cells.
Journal Molecular cancer therapeutics
Vol 15
Issue 9
Date 2016 Sep
Abstract Text We have reported that a novel isoform of BTK (BTK-C) expressed in breast cancer protects these cells from apoptosis. In this study, we show that recently developed inhibitors of BTK, such as ibrutinib (PCI-32765), AVL-292, and CGI-1746, reduce breast cancer cell survival and prevent drug-resistant clones from arising. Ibrutinib treatment impacts HER2(+) breast cancer cell viability at lower concentrations than the established breast cancer therapeutic lapatinib. In addition to inhibiting BTK, ibrutinib, but not AVL-292 and CGI-1746, efficiently blocks the activation of EGFR, HER2, ErbB3, and ErbB4. Consequently, the activation of AKT and ERK signaling pathways are also blocked leading to a G1-S cell-cycle delay and increased apoptosis. Importantly, inhibition of BTK prevents activation of the AKT signaling pathway by NRG or EGF that has been shown to promote growth factor-driven lapatinib resistance in HER2(+) breast cancer cells. HER2(+) breast cancer cell proliferation is blocked by ibrutinib even in the presence of these factors. AVL-292, which has no effect on EGFR family activation, prevents NRG- and EGF-dependent growth factor-driven resistance to lapatinib in HER2(+) breast cancer cells. In vivo, ibrutinib inhibits HER2(+) xenograft tumor growth. Consistent with this, immunofluorescence analysis of xenograft tumors shows that ibrutinib reduces the phosphorylation of HER2, BTK, Akt, and Erk and histone H3 and increases cleaved caspase-3 signals. As BTK-C and HER2 are often coexpressed in human breast cancers, these observations indicate that BTK-C is a potential therapeutic target and that ibrutinib could be an effective drug especially for HER2(+) breast cancer. Mol Cancer Ther; 15(9); 2198-208. ©2016 AACR.


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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
ERBB2 positive Her2-receptor positive breast cancer predicted - sensitive Ibrutinib Preclinical - Cell line xenograft Actionable In a preclinical study, Imbruvica (ibrutinib) inhibited Her family receptor signaling, resulted in apoptosis and growth inhibition in ERBB2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer cell lines in culture and in cell line xenograft models (PMID: 27256378). 27256378