Targeting the B-cell receptor pathway: a review of current and future therapies for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

INTRODUCTION: The B-cell receptor (BCR) pathway is a crucial aspect of mature lymphocytes and is maintained in B-cell neoplasms. Many small module inhibitors targeting kinases within the BCR pathway are approved, with others in development, offering alternative treatment options to standard chemoimmunotherapy. Areas covered: This review covers both approved inhibitors and investigational inhibitors of spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK), Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), and phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) in the treatment of B-cell lymphomas. To collect relevant articles, a literature search was completed through the use of PubMed and abstracts from ASH and ASCO national meetings. Search terms including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and BCR inhibitors, as well as the individual drug names, were utilized. The majority of included studies are dated from 2012 to March 2018. Expert opinion: BCR pathway inhibitors, such as ibrutinib and idelalisib, are novel treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphomas. While providing alternative treatment options to those with high-risk disease, poor functional status, and relapsed disease, outside of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), they have been limited to the relapsed/refractory setting. Their mechanisms of action, off/on-target effects, and resistance patterns create unique therapeutic dilemmas. It is our opinion that more specific inhibitors, as well as combination therapy, will define the future for BCR inhibitors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rodgers, TD; Reagan, PM

Published Date

  • June 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 111 - 122

PubMed ID

  • 29781323

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1744-7623

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/14728214.2018.1479396


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England