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The novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor AKN-028 has significant antileukemic activity in cell lines and primary cultures of acute myeloid leukemia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cancer Pharmacology and Computational Medicine. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Haematology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Genetics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cancer Pharmacology and Computational Medicine.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cancer Pharmacology and Computational Medicine.
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2012 (English)In: Blood Cancer Journal, ISSN 2044-5385, E-ISSN 2044-5385, Vol. 2, e81- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aberrantly expressed tyrosine kinases have emerged as promising targets for drug development in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We report that AKN-028, a novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), is a potent FMS-like receptor tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) inhibitor (IC50=6 nM), causing dose-dependent inhibition of FLT3 autophosphorylation. Inhibition of KIT autophosphorylation was shown in a human megakaryoblastic leukemia cell line overexpressing KIT. In a panel of 17 cell lines, AKN-028 showed cytotoxic activity in all five AML cell lines included. AKN-028 triggered apoptosis in MV4-11 by activation of caspase 3. In primary AML samples (n=15), AKN-028 induced a clear dose-dependent cytotoxic response (mean IC50 1 μM). However, no correlation between antileukemic activity and FLT3 mutation status, or to the quantitative expression of FLT3, was observed. Combination studies showed synergistic activity when cytarabine or daunorubicin was added simultaneously or 24 h before AKN-028. In mice, AKN-028 demonstrated high oral bioavailability and antileukemic effect in primary AML and MV4-11 cells, with no major toxicity observed in the experiment. In conclusion, AKN-028 is a novel TKI with significant preclinical antileukemic activity in AML. Possible sequence-dependent synergy with standard AML drugs and good oral bioavailability has made it a candidate drug for clinical trials (ongoing).

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2012. Vol. 2, e81- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182062DOI: 10.1038/bcj.2012.28ISI: 000308664500001PubMedID: 22864397OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182062DiVA: diva2:558356
Available from: 2012-10-03 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Studies of New Signal Transduction Modulators in Acute Myeloid Leukemia
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2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a life-threatening malignant disorder with dismal prognosis. AML is characterized by frequent genetic changes involving tyrosine kinases, normally acting as important mediators in many basic cellular processes. Due to the overexpression and frequent mutations of the FMS-like receptor tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) in AML, this tyrosine kinase receptor has become one of the most sought after targets in AML drug development.

In this thesis, we have used a combination of high-throughput screens, direct target interaction assays and sequential cellular screens, including primary patient samples, as an approach to discover new targeted therapies. Gefitinib, a previously known inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor and the two novel tyrosine kinase inhibitors AKN-032 and AKN-028, have been identified as compounds with cytotoxic activity in AML.

AKN-028 is a potent inhibitor of FLT3 with an IC50 value of 6 nM in an enzyme assay, but also displaying in vitro activity in a variety of primary AML samples, irrespective of FLT3 mutation status or quantitative FLT3 expression. AKN-028 shows a sequence dependent in vitro synergy when combined with standard cytotoxic agents cytarabine or daunorubicin, with better efficacy when cells are exposed to standard chemotherapy simultaneously or for 24 hours prior to adding AKN-028. Antagonism is observed when cells are pre-treated with AKN-028, possibly explained by the cell cycle arrest induced by the compound. In vivo cytotoxic activity and good oral bioavailability have made AKN-028 a candidate drug for clinical studies and the compound is presently investigated in an international two-part multicenter phase I/II study.

Results from microarray studies performed to further elucidate the mechanism of action of AKN-028, revealed significantly altered gene expression induced by AKN-028 in both AML cell lines and in primary AML cells, with an enrichment of the Myc pathway among the downregulated genes.

Furthermore, tyrosine kinase activity profiling shows a dose-dependent kinase inhibition by AKN-028 in all AML samples tested. Interestingly, cells with a high overall kinase activity were more sensitive to AKN-028. Provided conformation in a larger set of samples, kinase activity profiling may give useful information in individualizing treatment of patients with AML.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. 61 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 823
Keyword
Acute myeloid leukemia, Targeted therapies, Drug development, Tyrosine kinase inhibition, AKN-032, AKN-028
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Hematology Pharmacology and Toxicology
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Internal Medicine
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182440 (URN)978-91-554-8495-8 (ISBN)
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2012-11-23, Enghoffsalen, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Ingång 50, bv, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Sjukhusvägen, Uppsala, 09:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-11-01 Created: 2012-10-10 Last updated: 2013-01-23Bibliographically approved

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