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Acquired mutations associated with ibrutinib resistance in Waldenström macroglobulinemia

Lian Xu, Nicholas Tsakmaklis, Guang Yang, Jiaji G Chen, Xia Liu, Maria Demos, Amanda Kofides, Christopher J Patterson, Kirsten Meid, Joshua Gustine, Toni Dubeau, M Lia Palomba, Ranjana Advani, Jorge J Castillo, Richard R Furman, Zachary R Hunter, Steven P Treon
Blood 2017 May 4, 129 (18): 2519-2525
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Ibrutinib produces high response rates and durable remissions in Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM) that are impacted by MYD88 and CXCR4WHIM mutations. Disease progression can develop on ibrutinib, although the molecular basis remains to be clarified. We sequenced sorted CD19+ lymphoplasmacytic cells from 6 WM patients who progressed after achieving major responses on ibrutinib using Sanger, TA cloning and sequencing, and highly sensitive and allele-specific polymerase chain reaction (AS-PCR) assays that we developed for Bruton tyrosine kinase ( BTK ) mutations. AS-PCR assays were used to screen patients with and without progressive disease on ibrutinib, and ibrutinib-naïve disease. Targeted next-generation sequencing was used to validate AS-PCR findings, assess for other BTK mutations, and other targets in B-cell receptor and MYD88 signaling. Among the 6 progressing patients, 3 had BTK Cys481 variants that included BTK Cys481Ser(c.1635G>C and c.1634T>A) and BTK Cys481Arg(c.1634T>C) Two of these patients had multiple BTK mutations. Screening of 38 additional patients on ibrutinib without clinical progression identified BTK Cys481 mutations in 2 (5.1%) individuals, both of whom subsequently progressed. BTK Cys481 mutations were not detected in baseline samples or in 100 ibrutinib-naive WM patients. Using mutated MYD88 as a tumor marker, BTK Cys481 mutations were subclonal, with a highly variable clonal distribution. Targeted deep-sequencing confirmed AS-PCR findings, and identified an additional BTK Cys481Tyr(c.1634G>A) mutation in the 2 patients with multiple other BTK Cys481 mutations, as well as CARD11 Leu878Phe(c.2632C>T) and PLCγ2 Tyr495His(c.1483T>C) mutations. Four of the 5 patients with BTK C481 variants were CXCR4 mutated. BTK Cys481 mutations are common in WM patients with clinical progression on ibrutinib, and are associated with mutated CXCR4 .

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