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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233910/targeting-cdk1-and-mek-erk-overcomes-apoptotic-resistance-in-braf-mutated-human-colorectal-cancer
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Peng Zhang, Hisato Kawakami, Weizhen Liu, Xiangyu Zeng, Klaus Strebhardt, Kaixiong Tao, Shengbing Huang, Frank A Sinicrope
The BRAFV600E mutation occurs in ~8% of human colorectal cancers (CRCs) and is associated with therapeutic resistance that is due, in part, to re-activation of MEK/ERK signaling cascade. Recently, pathway analysis identified cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1) upregulation in a subset of human BRAFV600E CRCs. Therefore, it was determined whether CDK1 antagonism enhances the efficacy of MEK inhibition in BRAFV600E CRC cells. BRAFV600E CRC cell lines expressing CDK1 were sensitized to apoptosis upon siRNA knockdown or small-molecule inhibition with RO-3306 (CDK1 inhibitor) or dinaciclib (CDK1,2,5,9 inhibitor)...
December 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216787/mek-inhibitors-under-development-for-treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#2
Chul Kim, Giuseppe Giaccone
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway is intimately implicated in the molecular pathogenesis of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Aberrant MAPK signaling resulting from the upstream activating mutations converges on mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 1/2 (MEK1/2), making MEK inhibition an attractive strategy for the treatment of NSCLC. Several MEK inhibitors have demonstrated anticancer activity in patients with NSCLC. Areas covered: In this article, we discuss the biological rationale for the use of MEK inhibitors and summarize the clinical experience with MEK1/2 inhibitors for the treatment of NSCLC, from initial phase I studies to phase II/III studies, both as monotherapy or in combination with other anticancer agents...
December 7, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156488/association-of-pd-l1-expression-with-treatment-outcomes-in-patients-with-braf-mutation-positive-melanoma-treated-with-vemurafenib-or-cobimetinib-combined-with-vemurafenib
#3
Matthew J Wongchenko, Antoni Ribas, Brigitte Dréno, Paolo A Ascierto, Grant A McArthur, Jorge D Gallo, Isabelle A Rooney, Jessie Hsu, Hartmut Koeppen, Yibing Yan, James Larkin
The prognostic significance of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) on treatment outcomes in patients receiving BRAF with or without MEK inhibitors is not well understood. This retrospective exploratory analysis evaluated the association of tumour PD-L1 expression with progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) among 210 patients in the coBRIM trial treated with cobimetinib plus vemurafenib or placebo plus vemurafenib. In the vemurafenib cohort, there was a trend of increased PFS and OS in those with PD-L1(+) melanoma, with hazard ratios (HRs) (PD-L1(+) versus PD-L1(-) ) of 0...
November 20, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149136/mapk-pathway-targeted-therapies-care-and-management-of-unique-toxicities-in-patients-with-advanced-melanoma%C3%A2
#4
Krista M Rubin
BACKGROUND: Agents targeting the MAPK pathway, including inhibitors of BRAF and MEK, have dramatically transformed the treatment landscape for patients with BRAF-mutant metastatic melanoma. Although generally well tolerated, targeted agents were associated with unique toxicities.
. OBJECTIVES: This article aims to provide nurses with an overview of the key toxicities and associated management strategies of the characteristic adverse event (AE) profile associated with agents targeting the MAPK pathway...
December 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064427/the-mek-inhibitors-trametinib-and-cobimetinib-induce-a-type-i-interferon-response-in-human-keratinocytes
#5
Daniela Lulli, Maria Luigia Carbone, Saveria Pastore
Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinases (MEK) 1 and 2 have crucial roles in tumorigenesis, cell proliferation, and protection from apoptosis, and their inhibition is therefore an attractive therapeutic strategy in cancer. Orally available and highly selective MEK inhibitors have been developed and assessed in numerous clinical trials, either alone or in combination with cytotoxic chemotherapy and/or other targeted agents. Of note, a complex picture of class-specific adverse effects associates with these drugs, frequently including inflammatory skin rash...
October 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915798/vemurafenib-plus-cobimetinib-in-unresectable-stage-iiic-or-stage-iv-melanoma-response-monitoring-and-resistance-prediction-with-positron-emission-tomography-and-tumor-characteristics-reposit-study-protocol-of-a-phase-ii-open-label-multicenter-study
#6
Bernies van der Hiel, John B A G Haanen, Marcel P M Stokkel, Daniel S Peeper, Connie R Jimenez, Jos H Beijnen, Bart A van de Wiel, Ronald Boellaard, Alfons J M van den Eertwegh
BACKGROUND: In patients with BRAFV600 mutated unresectable stage IIIc or metastatic melanoma, molecular targeted therapy with combined BRAF/MEK-inhibitor vemurafenib plus cobimetinib has shown a significantly improved progression-free survival and overall survival compared to treatment with vemurafenib alone. Nevertheless, the majority of BRAFV600 mutation-positive melanoma patients will eventually develop resistance to treatment. Molecular imaging with (18)F-Fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) PET has been used to monitor response to vemurafenib in some BRAFV600 mutated metastatic melanoma patients, showing a rapid decline of (18)F-FDG uptake within 2 weeks following treatment...
September 15, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827234/multiple-treatment-comparison-of-seven-new-drugs-for-patients-with-advanced-malignant-melanoma-a-systematic-review-and-health-economic-decision-model-in-a-norwegian-setting
#7
Eva Pike, Vida Hamidi, Ingvil Saeterdal, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Marianne Klemp
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of seven new drugs (cobimetinib, dabrafenib, ipilimumab, nivolumab, pembrolizumab, trametinib and vemurafenib) used for treatment of patients with advanced malignant melanoma in the Norwegian setting. DESIGN: A multiple technology assessment. PATIENTS: Patients with advanced malignant melanoma aged 18 or older. DATA SOURCES: A systematic search for randomised controlled trials in relevant bibliographic databases...
August 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711086/the-new-paradigm-of-systemic-therapies-for-metastatic-melanoma
#8
REVIEW
Virginia O Volpe, Daniel M Klufas, Upendra Hegde, Jane M Grant-Kels
New treatments for metastatic melanoma work through distinct mechanisms: enhancing the immune response and blocking cellular proliferation. Agents that enhance the immune response include ipilimumab, pembrolizumb, and nivolumab; agents that block cellular proliferation include vemurafenib, dabrafenib, trametinib, cobimetinib, binimetinib, and selumetinib. The translational impact of laboratory discoveries has revolutionized management of metastatic melanoma and enhanced the prognosis of affected patients.
August 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692456/focal-necrotizing-myopathy-with-dropped-head-syndrome-induced-by-cobimetinib-in-metastatic-melanoma
#9
Marie-Léa Gauci, Pauline Laly, Sarah Leonard-Louis, Anthony Behin, Jérémy Gottlieb, Isabelle Madelaine-Chambrin, Barouyr Baroudjian, Laetitia Da-Meda, Samia Mourah, Maxime Battistella, Nicole Basset-Seguin, Martine Bagot, Cécile Pages, Laetitia Vercellino, Thierry Maisonobe, Céleste Lebbé
Therapeutic advances derived from targeted therapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors can improve melanoma prognosis. Since 2015, cobimetinib has been approved in combination with vemurafenib in the first-line treatment for BRAF-mutated melanoma. For NRAS-mutated melanomas, MEK inhibition seems to be a therapeutic target, and association with checkpoint inhibitor provides a further therapeutic perspective. Infraclinical creatine phosphokinase (CPK) elevation is an MEK inhibitor side effect. We describe a case of focal necrotizing myopathy with 'dropped-head syndrome' induced by cobimetinib, 1 month after its introduction...
October 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665153/risk-of-peripheral-edema-in-cancer-patients-treated-with-mek-inhibitors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-clinical-trials
#10
Yong Yang, Yi-Hua Liu, Xu Sun, Ming-Wei Yu, Lin Yang, Pei-Yu Cheng, Guo-Wang Yang, Xiao-Min Wang
BACKGROUND: MEK inhibitors are a group of drugs that have shown reliable effects in the treatment of metastatic melanoma and non-small-cell lung cancer. Peripheral edema is an adverse event associated with MEK inhibitors; however, there has been no systematic attempt to evaluate peripheral edema data observed with these agents. This meta-analysis aimed to determine the risk of peripheral edema in cancer patients treated with MEK inhibitors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors searched PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Clinical Trials...
September 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655764/role-of-the-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-rnf157-as-a-novel-downstream-effector-linking-pi3k-and-mapk-signaling-pathways-to-the-cell-cycle
#11
Taner Dogan, Florian Gnad, Jocelyn Chan, Lilian Phu, Amy Young, Mark J Chen, Sophia Doll, Matthew P Stokes, Marcia Belvin, Lori S Friedman, Donald S Kirkpatrick, Klaus P Hoeflich, Georgia Hatzivassiliou
The interconnected PI3K and MAPK signaling pathways are commonly perturbed in cancer. Dual inhibition of these pathways by the small-molecule PI3K inhibitor pictilisib (GDC-0941) and the MEK inhibitor cobimetinib (GDC-0973) suppresses cell proliferation and induces cell death better than either single agent in several preclinical models. Using mass spectrometry-based phosphoproteomics, we have identified the RING finger E3 ubiquitin ligase RNF157 as a target at the intersection of PI3K and MAPK signaling. We demonstrate that RNF157 phosphorylation downstream of the PI3K and MAPK pathways influences the ubiquitination and stability of RNF157 during the cell cycle in an anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome-CDH1-dependent manner...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649441/clinical-responses-to-erk-inhibition-in-braf-v600e-mutant-colorectal-cancer-predicted-using-a-computational-model
#12
Daniel C Kirouac, Gabriele Schaefer, Jocelyn Chan, Mark Merchant, Christine Orr, Shih-Min A Huang, John Moffat, Lichuan Liu, Kapil Gadkar, Saroja Ramanujan
Approximately 10% of colorectal cancers harbor BRAF(V600E) mutations, which constitutively activate the MAPK signaling pathway. We sought to determine whether ERK inhibitor (GDC-0994)-containing regimens may be of clinical benefit to these patients based on data from in vitro (cell line) and in vivo (cell- and patient-derived xenograft) studies of cetuximab (EGFR), vemurafenib (BRAF), cobimetinib (MEK), and GDC-0994 (ERK) combinations. Preclinical data was used to develop a mechanism-based computational model linking cell surface receptor (EGFR) activation, the MAPK signaling pathway, and tumor growth...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646893/clinical-features-of-serous-retinopathy-observed-with-cobimetinib-in-patients-with-braf-mutated-melanoma-treated-in-the-randomized-cobrim-study
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Luis de la Cruz-Merino, Lorenza Di Guardo, Jean-Jacques Grob, Alfredo Venosa, James Larkin, Grant A McArthur, Antoni Ribas, Paolo A Ascierto, Jeffrey T R Evans, Antonio Gomez-Escobar, Giulio Barteselli, Susan Eng, Jessie J Hsu, Anne Uyei, Brigitte Dréno
BACKGROUND: Serous chorioretinopathy has been associated with MEK inhibitors, including cobimetinib. We describe the clinical features of serous retinopathy observed with cobimetinib in patients with BRAF (V600)-mutated melanoma treated in the Phase III coBRIM study. METHODS: In the coBRIM study, 493 patients were treated in two randomly assigned treatment groups: cobimetinib and vemurafenib (n = 247) or vemurafenib (n = 246). All patients underwent prospective ophthalmic examinations at screening, at regular intervals during the study, and whenever ocular symptoms developed...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628251/a-network-meta-analysis-of-short-and-long-term-efficacy-of-targeted-therapy-with-single-or-double-drug-regimens-in-the-treatment-of-stage-iii-iv-malignant-melanoma-based-on-16-randomized-controlled-trials
#14
Ting Xie, Chun-Yu Huang, Xu Kang, Jia-Sheng Luo, Xiao-Min Qin, Feng Han
For the treatment of stage III/IV malignant melanoma (MM), a network meta-analysis (NMA) was conducted to compare the short and long-term efficacy of targeted therapy with single or double-drug regimens. All conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) searched from PubMed and Cochrane Library were included in the study for direct and indirect comparison for MM. The odds ratio (OR) and surface under the cumulative ranking curves (SUCRA) value of the targeted therapy with single or double-drug regimens for treatment of stage III/IV MM were also analyzed...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611627/panniculitis-associated-with-mek-inhibitor-therapy-an-uncommon-adverse-effect
#15
Miruna Negulescu, Florian Deilhes, Vincent Sibaud, Emilie Tournier, Laurence Lamant, Serge Boulinguez, Nicolas Meyer
The combination of MEK inhibitor (cobimetinib, trametinib) and BRAF inhibitor (vemurafenib, dabrafenib) is now the first-line treatment in patients with BRAF V600-mutated metastatic melanoma. This association reduces cutaneous adverse events induced by BRAF inhibitors alone, including photosensitivity, hand-foot syndrome, hyperkeratosis, alopecia, skin papillomas, keratoacanthomas, and squamous-cell carcinomas. While panniculitis has exceptionally been reported with BRAF inhibitors, this rare side effect has never been described with the use of MEK inhibitors...
January 2017: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592615/a-phase-ib-dose-escalation-study-of-the-safety-tolerability-and-pharmacokinetics-of-cobimetinib-and-duligotuzumab-in-patients-with-previously-treated-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-cancers-with-mutant-kras
#16
Christopher H Lieu, Manuel Hidalgo, Jordan D Berlin, Andrew H Ko, Andres Cervantes, Patricia LoRusso, David E Gerber, J Paul Eder, S Gail Eckhardt, Amy V Kapp, Amy Tsuhako, Bruce McCall, Andrea Pirzkall, Anne Uyei, Josep Tabernero
LESSONS LEARNED: Cobimetinib and duligotuzumab were well tolerated as single agents and in combination with other agents.The cobimetinib and duligotuzumab combination was associated with increased toxicity, most notably gastrointestinal, and limited efficacy in the patient population tested. BACKGROUND: KRAS-mutant tumors possess abnormal mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) pathway signaling, leading to dysregulated cell proliferation. Cobimetinib blocks MAPK signaling...
September 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537897/mek-inhibitors-cobimetinib-and-trametinib-regressed-a-gemcitabine-resistant-pancreatic-cancer-patient-derived-orthotopic-xenograft-pdox
#17
Kei Kawaguchi, Kentaro Igarashi, Takashi Murakami, Tasuku Kiyuna, Thinzar M Lwin, Ho Kyoung Hwang, Jonathan C Delong, Bryan M Clary, Michael Bouvet, Michiaki Unno, Robert M Hoffman
A pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), obtained from a patient, was grown orthotopically in the pancreatic tail of nude mice to establish a patient-derived orthotopic (PDOX) model. Seven weeks after implantation, PDOX nude mice were divided into the following groups: untreated control (n = 7); gemcitabine (100 mg/kg, i.p., once a week for 2 weeks, n = 7); cobimetinib (5 mg/kg, p.o., 14 consecutive days, n = 7); trametinib (0.3 mg/kg, p.o., 14 consecutive days, n = 7); trabectedin (0.15 mg/kg, i.v., once a week for 2 weeks, n = 7); temozolomide (25 mg/kg, p...
July 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537004/mek-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-and-solid-tumors
#18
REVIEW
Antonio M Grimaldi, Ester Simeone, Lucia Festino, Vito Vanella, Martina Strudel, Paolo A Ascierto
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade is an intracellular signaling pathway involved in the regulation of cellular proliferation and the survival of tumor cells. Several different mutations, involving BRAF or NRAS, exert an oncogenic effect by activating the MAPK pathway, resulting in an increase in cellular proliferation. These mutations have become targets for new therapeutic strategies in melanoma and other cancers. Selective MEK inhibitors have the ability to inhibit growth and induce cell death in BRAF- and NRAS-mutant melanoma cell lines...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536307/gene-expression-profiling-in-braf-mutated-melanoma-reveals-patient-subgroups-with-poor-outcomes-to-vemurafenib-that-may-be-overcome-by-cobimetinib-plus-vemurafenib
#19
Matthew J Wongchenko, Grant A McArthur, Brigitte Dréno, James Larkin, Paolo A Ascierto, Jeffrey Sosman, Luc Andries, Mark Kockx, Stephen D Hurst, Ivor Caro, Isabelle Rooney, Priti S Hegde, Luciana Molinero, Huibin Yue, Ilsung Chang, Lukas Amler, Yibing Yan, Antoni Ribas
Purpose: The association of tumor gene expression profiles with progression-free survival (PFS) outcomes in patients with BRAF(V600)-mutated melanoma treated with vemurafenib or cobimetinib combined with vemurafenib was evaluated.Experimental Design: Gene expression of archival tumor samples from patients in four trials (BRIM-2, BRIM-3, BRIM-7, and coBRIM) was evaluated. Genes significantly associated with PFS (P < 0.05) were identified by univariate Cox proportional hazards modeling, then subjected to unsupervised hierarchical clustering, principal component analysis, and recursive partitioning to develop optimized gene signatures...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526719/management-of-treatment-related-adverse-events-with-agents-targeting-the-mapk-pathway-in-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma
#20
REVIEW
Adil Daud, Katy Tsai
Tremendous progress has been made in the clinical landscape of advanced-stage BRAF V600-mutant melanoma treatment over the past 5 years. Targeted therapies that inhibit specific steps of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway have been shown to provide significant overall treatment benefit in patients with this difficult-to-treat disease. Combination therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibitors (dabrafenib plus trametinib or vemurafenib plus cobimetinib, respectively) has become standard of care. These agents are administered until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs; thus, some patients may remain on maintenance therapy for an extended period of time, while toxicities may result in early discontinuation in other patients...
July 2017: Oncologist
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