Targeting BTK with ibrutinib in relapsed or refractory mantle-cell lymphoma

Michael L. Wang, Simon Rule, Peter Martin, Andre Goy, Rebecca Auer, Brad S. Kahl, Wojciech Jurczak, Ranjana H. Advani, Jorge E. Romaguera, Michael E. Williams, Jacqueline C. Barrientos, Ewa Chmielowska, John Radford, Stephan Stilgenbauer, Martin Dreyling, Wieslaw Wiktor Jedrzejczak, Peter Johnson, Stephen E. Spurgeon, Lei Li, Liang ZhangKate Newberry, Zhishuo Ou, Nancy Cheng, Bingliang Fang, Jesse McGreivy, Fong Clow, Joseph J. Buggy, Betty Y. Chang, Darrin M. Beaupre, Lori A. Kunkel, Kristie A. Blum

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BACKGROUND: Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a mediator of the B-cell-receptor signaling pathway implicated in the pathogenesis of B-cell cancers. In a phase 1 study, ibrutinib, a BTK inhibitor, showed antitumor activity in several types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, including mantle-cell lymphoma. METHODS: In this phase 2 study, we investigated oral ibrutinib, at a daily dose of 560 mg, in 111 patients with relapsed or refractory mantle-cell lymphoma. Patients were enrolled into two groups: those who had previously received at least 2 cycles of bortezomib therapy and those who had received less than 2 complete cycles of bortezomib or had received no prior bortezomib therapy. The primary end point was the overall response rate. Secondary end points were duration of response, progression-free survival, overall survival, and safety. RESULTS: The median age was 68 years, and 86% of patients had intermediate-risk or high-risk mantle-cell lymphoma according to clinical prognostic factors. Patients had received a median of three prior therapies. The most common treatment-related adverse events were mild or moderate diarrhea, fatigue, and nausea. Grade 3 or higher hematologic events were infrequent and included neutropenia (in 16% of patients), thrombocytopenia (in 11%), and anemia (in 10%). A response rate of 68% (75 patients) was observed, with a complete response rate of 21% and a partial response rate of 47%; prior treatment with bortezomib had no effect on the response rate. With an estimated median follow-up of 15.3 months, the estimated median response duration was 17.5 months (95% confidence interval [CI], 15.8 to not reached), the estimated median progressionfree survival was 13.9 months (95% CI, 7.0 to not reached), and the median overall survival was not reached. The estimated rate of overall survival was 58% at 18 months. CONCLUSIONS: Ibrutinib shows durable single-agent efficacy in relapsed or refractory mantle-cell lymphoma. (Funded by Pharmacyclics and others; number, NCT01236391.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-516
Number of pages10
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2013

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