Patient-Driven Discovery, Therapeutic Targeting, and Post-Clinical Validation of a Novel AKT1 Fusion-Driven Cancer.

A new interesting article has been published in Cancer Discov. 2019 May;9(5):605-616. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-18-0953. Epub 2019 Mar 15. and titled:

Patient-Driven Discovery, Therapeutic Targeting, and Post-Clinical Validation of a Novel AKT1 Fusion-Driven Cancer.

Authors of this article are:

Slotkin EK, Diolaiti D, Shukla NN, Dela Cruz FS, Clark JJ, Gundem G, Yellapantula VD, Levine MF, You D, Ma P, Pachhal S, Ibanez Sanchez G, Benayed R, Jungbluth AA, Smyth LM, Mauguen A, Gushterova I, Ding H, Spraggon L, Darnell R, Califano A, Ladanyi M, Papaemmanuil E, Kung AL, Hyman DM, Roberts SS.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Despite the important role of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR axis in the pathogenesis of cancer, to date there have been few functional oncogenic fusions identified involving the AKT genes. A 12-year-old female with a histopathologically indeterminate epithelioid neoplasm was found to harbor a novel fusion between the LAMTOR1 and AKT1 genes. Through expanded use access, she became the first pediatric patient to be treated with the oral ATP-competitive pan-AKT inhibitor ipatasertib. Treatment resulted in dramatic tumor regression, demonstrating through patient-driven discovery that the fusion resulted in activation of AKT1, was an oncogenic driver, and could be therapeutically targeted with clinical benefit. Post-clinical validation using patient-derived model systems corroborated these findings, confirmed a membrane-bound and constitutively active fusion protein, and identified potential mechanisms of resistance to single-agent treatment with ipatasertib. SIGNIFICANCE: This study describes the patient-driven discovery of the first AKT1 fusion-driven cancer and its treatment with the AKT inhibitor ipatasertib. Patient-derived in vitro and in vivo model systems are used to confirm the LAMTOR1-AKT1 fusion as a tumorigenic driver and identify potential mechanisms of resistance to AKT inhibition.This article is highlighted in the In This Issue feature, p. 565.©2019 American Association for Cancer Research.

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