The BTK Inhibitor ARQ 531 Targets Ibrutinib-Resistant CLL and Richter Transformation.

Reiff SD, Mantel R, Smith LL, Greene JT, Muhowski EM, Fabian CA, Goettl VM, Tran M, Harrington BK, Rogers KA, Awan FT, Maddocks K, Andritsos L, Lehman AM, Sampath D, Lapalombella R, Eathiraj S, Abbadessa G, Schwartz B, Johnson AJ, Byrd JC, Woyach JA
Cancer Discov 8 1300-1315 10/01/2018


Targeted inhibition of Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) with the irreversible inhibitor ibrutinib has improved outcomes for patients with hematologic malignancies, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Here, we describe preclinical investigations of ARQ 531, a potent, reversible inhibitor of BTK with additional activity against Src family kinases and kinases related to ERK signaling. We hypothesized that targeting additional kinases would improve global inhibition of signaling pathways, producing more robust responses.

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