Integrating in vitro sensitivity and dose-response slope is predictive of clinical response to ABL kinase inhibitors in chronic myeloid leukemia

Vladimir Vainstein, Christopher A. Eide, Thomas O'Hare, Ofir Shukron, Brian Druker

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BCR-ABL mutations result in clinical resistance to ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Although in vitro 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) values for specific mutations have been suggested to guide TKI choice in the clinic, the quantitative relationship between IC50and clinical response has never been demonstrated. We used Hill's equation for in vitro response of Ba/F3 cells transduced with various BCR-ABL mutants to determine IC50 and the slope of the dose-response curve. We found that slope variability between mutants tracked with in vitro TKI resistance, provides particular additional interpretive value in cases where in vitro IC50and clinical response are disparate. Moreover, unlike IC50alone, higher inhibitory potential at peak concentration (IPP), which integrates IC50, slope, and peak concentration (Cmax), correlated with improved complete cytogenetic response (CCyR) rates in CML patients treated with dasatinib. Our findings suggest a metric integrating in vitro and clinical data may provide an improved tool for BCR-ABL mutation-guided TKI selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3331-3334
Number of pages4
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Nov 7 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Immunology

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