BIBW2992, an irreversible EGFR/HER2 inhibitor highly effective in preclinical lung cancer models

D. Li, L. Ambrogio, T. Shimamura, S. Kubo, M. Takahashi, L. R. Chirieac, R. F. Padera, G. I. Shapiro, A. Baum, F. Himmelsbach, W. J. Rettig, M. Meyerson, F. Solca, H. Greulich, K. K. Wong

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Abstract

Genetic alterations in the kinase domain of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients are associated with sensitivity to treatment with small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Although first-generation reversible, ATP-competitive inhibitors showed encouraging clinical responses in lung adenocarcinoma tumors harboring such EGFR mutations, almost all patients developed resistance to these inhibitors over time. Such resistance to first-generation EGFR inhibitors was frequently linked to an acquired T790M point mutation in the kinase domain of EGFR, or upregulation of signaling pathways downstream of HER3. Overcoming these mechanisms of resistance, as well as primary resistance to reversible EGFR inhibitors driven by a subset of EGFR mutations, will be necessary for development of an effective targeted therapy regimen. Here, we show that BIBW2992, an anilino-quinazoline designed to irreversibly bind EGFR and HER2, potently suppresses the kinase activity of wild-type and activated EGFR and HER2 mutants, including erlotinib-resistant isoforms. Consistent with this activity, BIBW2992 suppresses transformation in isogenic cell-based assays, inhibits survival of cancer cell lines and induces tumor regression in xenograft and transgenic lung cancer models, with superior activity over erlotinib. These findings encourage further testing of BIBW2992 in lung cancer patients harboring EGFR or HER2 oncogenes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4702-4711
Number of pages10
JournalOncogene
Volume27
Issue number34
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 7 2008

Keywords

  • BIBW2992
  • EGFR
  • HER2
  • Lung cancer
  • Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research

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    Li, D., Ambrogio, L., Shimamura, T., Kubo, S., Takahashi, M., Chirieac, L. R., Padera, R. F., Shapiro, G. I., Baum, A., Himmelsbach, F., Rettig, W. J., Meyerson, M., Solca, F., Greulich, H., & Wong, K. K. (2008). BIBW2992, an irreversible EGFR/HER2 inhibitor highly effective in preclinical lung cancer models. Oncogene, 27(34), 4702-4711. https://doi.org/10.1038/onc.2008.109