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Verastem Oncology Presents New Preclinical Duvelisib Data at the 5th International Conference on New Concepts in Lymphoid Malignancies
Duvelisib’s Dual Inhibition of PI3K-Delta and PI3K-Gamma Inhibits Migration and Proliferation of Mantle Cell Lymphoma Cells More Effectively Than PI3K-Delta Alone in Preclinical Models
“These data highlight MCL as a B-cell malignancy which expresses both PI3K-delta and PI3K-gamma in the malignant B cells, in addition to the role of PI3K-gamma which has already been established in cells of the supportive tumor microenvironment,” said
Duvelisib in Preclinical Models of MCL
MCL is a rare, aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (
The researchers then examined the effects of inhibition of specific PI3K isoforms, including PI3K-alpha, PI3K-delta (idelalisib), PI3K-gamma, and dual PI3K-delta/gamma (duvelisib), on the migration and proliferation of malignant lymphocytes from patients with MCL. These preclinical models showed that inhibition of both PI3K-delta and gamma reduced the proliferation of MCL cells whereas inhibition of PI3K-delta alone had no effect. The functional role of PI3K-delta and gamma in MCL cells was further differentiated from that of PI3K-delta alone. PI3K-delta and gamma more effectively inhibited CCL21-induced migration of MCL cell lines and primary MCL cells than did PI3K-gamma inhibition alone. Inhibition of PI3K-delta or PI3K-alpha did not affect CCL21-induced migration of MCL cells. These data suggest that when PI3K-gamma is aberrantly expressed by MCL cells, these cells become reliant on this PI3K isoform for chemokine-induced migration and tissue residency. Thus, duvelisib may have potential in MCL therapy by restricting entry, retention, and proliferation of the malignant cells within the mantle zone.
Details for the ESH 2019 poster presentation are as follows:
Title: Aberrantly Expressed PI3Kγ Contributes to Cell Proliferation and Co-Operates with PI3δ to Mediate CCL21-Induced Migration in Mantle-Cell Lymphoma: Therapeutic Implications for Duvelisib
Date and time:
Location: Poster Area
A PDF copy of this poster presentation will be available here after the meeting.
SELECT IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
This does not include all information needed to use COPIKTRA™ (duvelisib) safely and effectively. See full Prescribing Information.
WARNING: FATAL AND SERIOUS TOXICITIES: INFECTIONS, DIARRHEA OR COLITIS, CUTANEOUS REACTIONS, and PNEUMONITIS
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- Fatal and/or serious infections occurred in 31% of COPIKTRA-treated patients. Monitor for signs and symptoms of infection. Withhold COPIKTRA if infection is suspected.
- Fatal and/or serious diarrhea or colitis occurred in 18% of COPIKTRA-treated patients. Monitor for the development of severe diarrhea or colitis. Withhold COPIKTRA.
- Fatal and/or serious cutaneous reactions occurred in 5% of COPIKTRA-treated patients. Withhold COPIKTRA.
- Fatal and/or serious pneumonitis occurred in 5% of COPIKTRA-treated patients. Monitor for pulmonary symptoms and interstitial infiltrates. Withhold COPIKTRA.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Hepatotoxicity: Monitor hepatic function.
- Neutropenia: Monitor blood counts.
- Embryo-Fetal toxicity: COPIKTRA can cause fetal harm. Advise patients of potential risk to a fetus and to use effective contraception.
The most common adverse reactions (≥20%) are diarrhea or colitis, neutropenia, rash, fatigue, pyrexia, cough, nausea, upper respiratory infection, pneumonia, musculoskeletal pain, and anemia.
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- CYP3A inducers: Avoid co-administration with strong CYP3A inducers.
- CYP3A inhibitors: Monitor for COPIKTRA toxicities when co-administered with strong or moderate CYP3A inhibitors. Reduce COPIKTRA dose to 15 mg twice daily when co-administered with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors.
- CYP3A substrates: Monitor for signs of toxicities when co-administering COPIKTRA with sensitive CYP3A substrates.
USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
Lactation: Advise women not to breastfeed.
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About COPIKTRA™ (duvelisib)
COPIKTRA is an oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), and the first approved dual inhibitor of PI3K-delta and PI3K-gamma, two enzymes known to help support the growth and survival of malignant B-cells. PI3K signaling may lead to the proliferation of malignant B-cells and is thought to play a role in the formation and maintenance of the supportive tumor microenvironment.1,2,3 COPIKTRA is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) after at least two prior therapies and relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma (FL) after at least two prior systemic therapies. COPIKTRA is also being developed by Verastem Oncology for the treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL), for which it has received Fast Track status, and is being investigated in combination with other agents through investigator-sponsored studies.4 For more information on COPIKTRA, please visit www.COPIKTRA.com. Information about duvelisib clinical trials can be found on www.clinicaltrials.gov.
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2 Reif K et al. Cutting Edge: Differential Roles for Phosphoinositide 3 kinases, p110-gamma and p110-delta, in lymphocyte chemotaxis and homing. J Immunol 2004:173:2236-2240.
3 Schmid M et al. Receptor Tyrosine Kinases and TLR/IL1Rs Unexpectedly activate myeloid cell PI3K, a single convergent point promoting tumor inflammation and progression. Cancer Cell 2011;19:715-727.
4 www.clinicaltrials.gov, NCT03372057.
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