Both leukaemic and normal peripheral B lymphoid cells are highly sensitive to the selective pharmacological inhibition of pro-survival Bcl-2 with ABT-199.
Publication Year 2014-01-09, Volume 28, Issue #6, Page 1207-15
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Overexpression of the pro-survival protein Bcl-2 marks many B lymphoid malignancies and contributes to resistance to many commonly used chemotherapeutic agents. The first effective BH3 mimetic inhibitors of Bcl-2, ABT-737 and navitoclax, also target Bcl-xL causing dose-limiting thrombocytopenia. This prompted the development of the Bcl-2 selective antagonist, ABT-199. Here, we show that in lymphoid cells, ABT-199 specifically causes Bax/Bak-mediated apoptosis that is triggered principally by the initiator BH3-only protein Bim. As expected, malignant cells isolated from patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) are highly sensitive to ABT-199. However, we found that normal, untransformed mature B cells are also highly sensitive to ABT-199, both in vitro and in vivo. By contrast, the B cell precursors are largely spared, as are cells of myeloid origin. These results pinpoint the likely impact of the pharmacological inhibition of Bcl-2 by ABT-199 on the normal mature haemopoietic cell lineages in patients and have implications for monitoring during ABT-199 therapy, as well as for the clinical utility of this very promising targeted agent.Leukemia accepted article preview online, 9 January 2014. doi:10.1038/leu.2014.1.
ABT-199; ABT-737; BCL2; chronic lymphocytic leukaemia; apoptosis; lymphocyte subsets
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Cancer And Haematology; Molecular Genetics Of Cancer; Chemical Biology
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