Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Announces Presentation of The Ohio State University-Sponsored Preclinical Study of BTK Inhibitor SNS-062 at AACR Annual Meeting
“B-cell receptor signaling is exceptionally active in CLL and is vital for the proliferation and survival of CLL cells, making BTK inhibition an effective target. However, a subset of patients acquire resistance to ibrutinib, the current standard of care BTK inhibitor,” said
“Preclinical and healthy volunteer data continue to reveal a unique profile for SNS-062, one distinct from ibrutinib and other covalently binding BTK inhibitors,” said
For the study, primary CLL B-cells were isolated from the whole blood of consenting patients with CLL. In these cells, SNS-062 was found to decrease surface expression of B-cell activation markers and patient CLL cell viability in a dose-dependent manner, with BTK inhibition by SNS-062 comparable to ibrutinib. Further, SNS-062 was found to inhibit BTK wild type (WT) and BTK C481S, while ibrutinib and acalabrutinib show reduced activity toward BTK C481S. SNS-062 has a unique kinase selectivity profile, affecting a limited number of kinases outside the TEC kinase family. SNS-062 was also found to diminish stromal cell protection in patient CLL cells, an important observation given the role of tumor microenvironment in this malignancy.
The poster (Poster Number 22, Abstract Number 1207, Convention Center, Halls A-C, Poster Section 6) titled “SNS-062 demonstrates efficacy in chronic lymphocytic leukemia in vitro and inhibits C481S mutated Bruton tyrosine kinase” is available on the Sunesis website at www.sunesis.com.
SNS-062 is a novel, second-generation BTK inhibitor, a class of kinase inhibitors that selectively inhibits the enzyme Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK). This target mediates signaling through the B-cell receptor, which is critical for adhesion, migration, proliferation and survival of normal and malignant B-lineage lymphoid cells. Unlike other drugs in its class, SNS-062 has a distinct kinase selectivity profile and binds non-covalently to the BTK enzyme. This alternate binding site potentially provides an opportunity to address the leading resistance mechanism, a mutation in the enzyme’s binding site required for covalent binding. In preclinical studies, SNS-062 demonstrated potent activity against Cys-481S mutated B-cell malignancies, and has been studied in healthy subjects in a Phase 1A, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled dose-ranging study to investigate the drug’s safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. With the reported successful study outcome, SNS-062 is proceeding to a Phase 1B/2 study in patients with B-cell malignancies.
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