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Liang Gao, Gülce Sila Gülcüler, Lieke Golbach, Helena Block, Alexander Zarbock, Ana Martin-Villalba
Integrin activation is crucial for regulation of leukocyte rolling, adhesion and trans-vessel migration during inflammation and occurs by engagement of myeloid cells through factors presented by inflamed vessels. However, endothelial-dependent mechanisms of myeloid cell recruitment are not fully understood. Here we show using an autoperfused flow chamber assay of whole blood neutrophils and intravital microscopy of the inflamed cremaster muscle that CD95 mediates leukocyte slow rolling, adhesion and transmigration upon binding of CD95-ligand (CD95L) that is presented by endothelial cells...
October 20, 2016: ELife
Arianna Bottoni, Lara Rizzotto, Tzung-Huei Lai, Chaomei Liu, Lisa L Smith, Rose Mantel, Sean Reiff, Dalia El-Gamal, Karilyn Larkin, Amy J Johnson, Rosa Lapalombella, Amy Lehman, William Plunkett, John C Byrd, James S Blachly, Jennifer A Woyach, Deepa Sampath
BTK is a critical mediator of survival in B cell neoplasms. While BTK inhibitors have transformed therapy in CLL, high genetic risk patients are at risk for relapse and have a poor prognosis. Identification of novel therapeutic strategies for this group of patients is an urgent unmet clinical need, and therapies that target BTK via alternative mechanisms may fill this niche. Herein, we identify a set of miRNAs that target BTK in primary CLL cells and show that the HDAC repressor complex is recruited to these miRNA promoters to silence their expression...
October 17, 2016: Blood
Caron Jacobson, Nadja Kopp, Jacob V Layer, Robert A Redd, Sebastian Tschuri, Sarah Haebe, Diederik van Bodegom, Liat Bird, Amanda L Christie, Alexandra Christodoulou, Amy Saur, Trevor Tivey, Stefanie Zapf, Deepak Bararia, Ursula Zimber-Strobl, Scott J Rodig, Oliver Weigert, David M Weinstock
The BTK inhibitor ibrutinib induces responses in 70% of patients with relapsed and refractory mantle cell lymphoma. Intrinsic resistance can occur through activation of the non-classical NFκB pathway and acquired resistance may involve the BTK C481S mutation. Outcomes after ibrutinib failure are dismal, indicating an unmet medical need. We reasoned that newer HSP90 inhibitors could overcome ibrutinib resistance by targeting multiple oncogenic pathways in MCL. HSP90 inhibition induced the complete degradation of both BTK and IKKα in MCL lines and CD40-dependent B cells, with downstream loss of MAP kinase and non-classical NFκB signaling...
October 14, 2016: Blood
Phuong-Hien Nguyen, Oleg Fedorchenko, Natascha Rosen, Maximilian Koch, Romy Barthel, Tomasz Winarski, Alexandra Florin, F Thomas Wunderlich, Nina Reinart, Michael Hallek
Survival of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells strictly depends on the support of an appropriate tumor microenvironment. Here, we demonstrate that LYN kinase is essential for CLL progression. Lyn deficiency results in a significantly reduced CLL burden in vivo. Loss of Lyn within leukemic cells reduces B cell receptor (BCR) signaling including BTK phosphorylation, but surprisingly does not affect leukemic cell expansion. Instead, syngeneic CLL transplantation of CLL cells into Lyn- or Btk-deficient recipients results in a strongly delayed leukemic progression and prolonged survival...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Cell
Samira Asgari, Paul J McLaren, Jane Peake, Melanie Wong, Richard Wong, Istvan Bartha, Joshua R Francis, Katia Abarca, Kyra A Gelderman, Philipp Agyeman, Christoph Aebi, Christoph Berger, Jacques Fellay, Luregn J Schlapbach
One out of three pediatric sepsis deaths in high income countries occur in previously healthy children. Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) have been postulated to underlie fulminant sepsis, but this concept remains to be confirmed in clinical practice. Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is a common bacterium mostly associated with health care-related infections in immunocompromised individuals. However, in rare cases, it can cause sepsis in previously healthy children. We used exome sequencing and bioinformatic analysis to systematically search for genetic factors underpinning severe P...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Nicola Troisi, Alberto Farina, Emiliano Chisci, Leonardo Ercolini, Pierfrancesco Frosini, Clara Pigozzi, Azzurra Guidotti, Stefano Michelagnoli
BACKGROUND: Previous studies demonstrated that early recoil is frequently observed in patients undergoing balloon angioplasty. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of intra-arterial administration of iloprost (Endoprost®, Italfarmaco S.p.A., Milan, Italy) on early elastic recoil after balloon angioplasty of below-the-knee (BTK) vessels in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). METHODS: Between January 2015 and December 2015 32 patients with CLI underwent balloon angioplasty of at least one BTK vessel followed by intra-arterial administration of iloprost...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Alessandro Gozzetti, Veronica Candi, Corrado Zuanelli Brambilla, Giulia Papini, Alberto Fabbri, Monica Bocchia
Abnormality of the B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling is correlated to origin of many B-cell malignancies.. Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), is described as a possible target in a many B-cell neoplasms. Ibrutinib is the most used inhibitor of BTK and has great tolerability and efficacy in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This review summarizes results with ibrutinib in clinical trials and novel BTK inhibitors of interest.
September 28, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Prithviraj Bose, Varsha V Gandhi, Michael J Keating
Ibrutinib, a first-in-class covalent inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), is approved in many countries for the treatment of relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and for previously untreated disease with a 17p deletion and, most recently, as a frontline therapy for CLL. In controlled trials in CLL, ibrutinib produced high response rates and improved survival in both the frontline and relapsed settings. While ibrutinib controls CLL with impressive efficacy, it only infrequently induces complete remissions, particularly of relapsed CLL, and does not eradicate minimal residual disease...
October 11, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Tomoko Yasuhiro, Wako Sawada, Christian Klein, Ryohei Kozaki, Shingo Hotta, Toshio Yoshizawa
The activated B-cell diffuse large B-cell-like lymphoma (ABC-DLBCL) correlates with poor prognosis. The B-cell receptor signaling pathway is known to be dysregulated in NHL/CLL and given BTK is a downstream mediator of BCR signaling, BTK constitutes an interesting and obvious therapeutic target. Given the high potency and selectivity of the BTK inhibitor, ONO/GS-4059, it was hypothesized that, the anti-tumor activity of ONO/GS-4059 could be further enhanced by combining it with the anti-CD20 Abs, rituximab (RTX) or obinutuzumab (GA101)...
August 9, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Jun Chen, Taisei Kinoshita, Juthamas Sukbuntherng, Betty Y Chang, Laurence Elias
Ibrutinib is a potent, small-molecule Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor developed for the treatment of B-cell malignancies. Ibrutinib covalently binds to Cys481 in the ATP-binding domain of BTK. This cysteine residue is conserved among 9 other tyrosine kinases, including HER2 and EGFR, which can be targeted. Screening large panels of cell lines demonstrated that ibrutinib was growth inhibitory against some solid tumor cells, including those inhibited by other HER2/EGFR inhibitors. Among sensitive cell lines, breast cancer lines with HER2 overexpression were most potently inhibited by ibrutinib (<100 nM); additionally the IC50s were lower than that of lapatinib and dacomitinib...
September 27, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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An article in the July 2016 issue, "Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitors in chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lymphoma" by Gaurav Varma, MSPH, Tyler P. Johnson, MD, and Ranjana H. Advani, MD, described ONO/GS-4059 as a "reversible" inhibitor of BTK when it is in fact an "irreversible" inhibitor. We have made the correction to pages 546 and 552 of the online version at Many thanks to an astute reader for pointing out the error. This corrects the article pmid:27379948.
September 2016: Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology: H&O
Wafa A Mera, Malek Alzihlif, Mutasem O Taha, Mohammad A Khanfar
Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) is a one of the Tec tyrosine kinase family. It has an essential role in B-cell development and function. Activation of BTK has been associated with the pathogenesis of many types of lymphomas and leukemia, and involved in non-life threatening autoimmune diseases. In this study, exhaustive pharmacophore modeling was combined with QSAR analyses to examine the structural requirements for anti-BTK activities. Genetic function algorithm (GFA) was coupled with multiple linear regression (MLR) analysis to select the best combinations of physicochemical descriptors and pharmacophoric hypothesis capable of generating predictive and self-consistent QSAR models...
September 26, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
C I E Smith
BTK is a cytoplasmic protein-tyrosine kinase, whose corresponding gene was isolated in the early 1990s. BTK was initially identified by positional cloning of the gene causing X-linked agammaglobulinemia and independently in a search for new kinases. Given the phenotype of affected patients, namely lack of B-lymphocytes and plasma cells with the ensuing inability to mount humoral immune responses, BTK inhibitors were anticipated to have beneficial effects on antibody-mediated pathologies, such as autoimmunity...
September 26, 2016: Oncogene
Robert Roskoski
The Bruton non-receptor protein-tyrosine kinase (BTK), a deficiency of which leads to X-linked agammaglobulinemia, plays a central role in B cell antigen receptor signaling. Owing to the exclusivity of this enzyme in B cells, the acronym could represent B cell tyrosine kinase. BTK is activated by the Lyn and SYK protein kinases following activation of the B cell receptor. BTK in turn catalyzes the phosphorylation and activation of phospholipase Cγ2 leading to the downstream activation of the Ras/RAF/MEK/ERK pathway and the NF-κB pathways...
September 15, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Mohammad Althubiti, Miran Rada, Jesvin Samuel, Josep M Escorsa, Hishyar Najeeb, Koon-Guan Lee, Kong-Peng Lam, George D D Jones, Nickolai A Barlev, Salvador Macip
p53 is a tumor suppressor that prevents the emergence of transformed cells by inducing apoptosis or senescence, among other responses. Its functions are regulated tightly by posttranslational modifications. Here we show that Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a novel modulator of p53. We found that BTK is induced in response to DNA damage and p53 activation. BTK induction leads to p53 phosphorylation, which constitutes a positive feedback loop that increases p53 protein levels and enhances the transactivation of its target genes in response to stress...
September 15, 2016: Cancer Research
Shruti Sharma, Natalie Galanina, Ailin Guo, Jimmy Lee, Sabah Kadri, Charles Van Slambrouck, Bradley Long, Weige Wang, Mei Ming, Larissa V Furtado, Jeremy P Segal, Wendy Stock, Girish Venkataraman, Wei-Jen Tang, Pin Lu, Y Lynn Wang
Ibrutinib (ibr), a first-in-class Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor, has demonstrated high response rates in both relapsed/refractory and treatment naïve chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). However, about 25% of patients discontinue ibrutinib therapy at a median follow-up of 20 months and many patients discontinue the treatment due to leukemia progression or Richter transformation. Mutations affecting the C481 residue of BTK disrupt ibrutinib binding and have been characterized by us and others as the most common mechanism of ibrutinib resistance...
September 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Aoli Wang, Xiao-E Yan, Hong Wu, Wenchao Wang, Chen Hu, Cheng Chen, Zheng Zhao, Peng Zhao, Xixiang Li, Li Wang, Beilei Wang, Zi Ye, Jinhua Wang, Chu Wang, Wei Zhang, Nathanael S Gray, Ellen L Weisberg, Liang Chen, Jing Liu, Cai-Hong Yun, Qingsong Liu
Ibrutinib, a clinically approved irreversible BTK kinase inhibitor for Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) etc, has been reported to be potent against EGFR mutant kinase and currently being evaluated in clinic for Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Through EGFR wt/mutant engineered isogenic BaF3 cell lines we confirmed the irreversible binding mode of Ibrutinib with EGFR wt/mutant kinase via Cys797. However, comparing to typical irreversible EGFR inhibitor, such as WZ4002, the washing-out experiments revealed a much less efficient covalent binding for Ibrutinib...
September 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Stefania Fiorcari, Rossana Maffei, Valentina Audrito, Silvia Martinelli, Elisa Ten Hacken, Patrizia Zucchini, Giulia Grisendi, Leonardo Potenza, Mario Luppi, Jan A Burger, Silvia Deaglio, Roberto Marasca
In lymphoid organs, nurse-like cells (NLCs) show properties of tumor-associated macrophages, playing a crucial role in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cell survival. Ibrutinib, a potent inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), is able to counteract pro-survival signals in CLL cells. Since the effects on CLL cells have been studied in the last years, less is known about the influence of ibrutinib on NLCs properties. We sought to determine how ibrutinib modifies NLCs functions focusing on the balance between immunosuppressive and inflammatory features...
September 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Surjit Singh, Amit Rawat, Deepti Suri, Anju Gupta, Ravinder Garg, Biman Saikia, Ranjana Walker Minz, Shobha Sehgal, Koon-Wing Chan, Yu Lung Lau, Chikako Kamae, Kenichi Honma, Noriko Nakagawa, Kohsuke Imai, Shigeaki Nonoyama, Koichi Oshima, Noriko Mitsuiki, Osamu Ohara
BACKGROUND: X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) is an X-linked genetic defect in maturation of B lymphocytes that results in the absence of B lymphocytes in the peripheral blood and profound hypogammaglobulinemia. It is caused by a mutation in the BTK gene located on the X chromosome. There are no large series describing XLA from the developing world. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical features, immunologic and genetic characteristics, and outcomes of 36 patients with XLA diagnosed and managed for a period of 2 decades...
October 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Jingjing Wu, Christina Liu, Stella T Tsui, Delong Liu
Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a critical effector molecule for B cell development and plays a major role in lymphoma genesis. Ibrutinib is the first-generation BTK inhibitor. Ibrutinib has off-target effects on EGFR, ITK, and Tec family kinases, which explains the untoward effects of ibrutinib. Resistance to ibrutinib was also reported. The C481S mutation in the BTK kinase domain was reported to be a major mechanism of resistance to ibrutinib. This review summarizes the clinical development of novel BTK inhibitors, ACP-196 (acalabrutinib), ONO/GS-4059, and BGB-3111...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
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