ALK2 inhibitors display beneficial effects in preclinical models of <i>ACVR1</i> mutant diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.
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Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a lethal childhood brainstem tumour, with a quarter of patients harbouring somatic mutations in <i>ACVR1</i>, encoding the serine/threonine kinase ALK2. Despite being an amenable drug target, little has been done to-date to systematically evaluate the role of <i>ACVR1</i> in DIPG, nor to screen currently available inhibitors in patient-derived tumour models. Here we show the dependence of DIPG cells on the mutant receptor, and the preclinical efficacy of two distinct chemotypes of ALK2 inhibitor in vitro and in vivo. We demonstrate the pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine LDN-193189 and the pyridine LDN-214117 to be orally bioavailable and well-tolerated, with good brain penetration. Treatment of immunodeprived mice bearing orthotopic xenografts of H3.3K27M, <i>ACVR1</i>R206H mutant HSJD-DIPG-007 cells with 25 mg/kg LDN-193189 or LDN-214117 for 28 days extended survival compared with vehicle controls. Development of ALK2 inhibitors with improved potency, selectivity and advantageous pharmacokinetic properties may play an important role in therapy for DIPG patients.
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Cell Line, Tumor
Brain Stem Neoplasms
Activin Receptors, Type I
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Drug Administration Schedule
Drug Evaluation, Preclinical
Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays
High-Throughput Screening Assays
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma
Clinical Pharmacology & Trials (including Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics Group)
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Communications biology, 2019, 2 pp. 156 - ?