On March 10th, at the EHA-SWG Rare Lymphomas Scientific Meeting 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, Martin Dreyling chaired a session on Lymphoma Biology. The first presentation of this session was by Georg Lenz, of University Hospital Münster, Germany, on the topic of ‘Signaling pathways in B-cell lymphomas’. Below are the key clinical highlights from this presentation:
- DLBCL subtypes (Activated B-Cell-like DLBCL and Germinal Center B-Cell-like DLBCL) have differences in NF-kB controlled gene expression
- GCB: lower PTEN expression, PTEN re-expression results in lower MYC expression
- ABC: PTEN is more highly expressed
- Ibrutinib less effective in GCB than ABC DLBCL
- PI3K inhibition downregulates NF-kB signaling
- Data suggest increased efficacy in in vitro and in vivo use of combination treatment with ibrutinib and PI3K alpha/delta inhibitor
Georg Lenz concluded the talk by mentioning a study investigating use of copanlisib, a PI3K alpha/delta inhibitor, in the treatment of R/R DLBCL patients, along with profiling the patients’ molecular characteristics which could help identify markers of response.
- Lenz G. Signaling pathways in B-cell lymphomas. 2017 Mar 10. EHA-SWG Rare Lymphomas. Barcelona, Spain.