BRAF mutations classes I, II, and III in NSCLC patients included in the SLLIP trial: The need for a new pre-clinical treatment rationale

Jillian Wilhelmina Paulina Bracht, Niki Karachaliou, Trever Bivona, Richard B. Lanman, Iris Faull, Rebecca J. Nagy, Ana Drozdowskyj, Jordi Berenguer, Manuel Fernandez-Bruno, Miguel Angel Molina-Vila, Rafael Rosell

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Abstract

© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. BRAF V600 mutations have been found in 1–2% of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment of dabrafenib plus trametinib and progression free survival (PFS) of 10.9 months. However, 50–80% of BRAF mutations in lung cancer are non-V600, and can be class II, with intermediate to high kinase activity and RAS independence, or class III, with impaired kinase activity, upstream signaling dependence, and consequently, sensitivity to receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) inhibitors. Plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) of 185 newly diagnosed advanced lung adenocarcinoma patients (Spanish Lung Liquid versus Invasive Biopsy Program, SLLIP, NCT03248089) was examined for BRAF and other alterations with a targeted cfDNA next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay (Guardant360®, Guardant Health Inc., CA, USA), and results were correlated with patient outcome. Cell viability with single or combined RAF, MEK, and SHP2 inhibitors was assessed in cell lines with BRAF class I, II, and III mutations. Out of 185 patients, 22 had BRAF alterations (12%) of which seven patients harbored amplifications (32%) and 17 had BRAF mutations (77%). Of the BRAF mutations, four out of 22 (18%) were V600E and 18/22 (82%) were non-V600. In vitro results confirmed sensitivity of class III and resistance of class I and II BRAF mutations, and BRAF wild type cells to SHP2 inhibition. Concomitant MEK or RAF and SHP2 inhibition showed synergistic effects, especially in the class III BRAF-mutant cell line. Our study indicates that the class of the BRAF mutation may have clinical implications and therefore should be defined in the clinical practice and used to guide therapeutic decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1381
JournalCancers
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • BRAF
  • MAPK
  • MEK
  • NSCLC
  • PTPN11
  • SHP2

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    Bracht, J. W. P., Karachaliou, N., Bivona, T., Lanman, R. B., Faull, I., Nagy, R. J., Drozdowskyj, A., Berenguer, J., Fernandez-Bruno, M., Molina-Vila, M. A., & Rosell, R. (2019). BRAF mutations classes I, II, and III in NSCLC patients included in the SLLIP trial: The need for a new pre-clinical treatment rationale. Cancers, 11, [1381]. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers11091381