Journal article

Palbociclib synergizes with BRAF and MEK inhibitors in treatment naive melanoma but not after the development of BRAF inhibitor resistance

Claire A Martin, Carleen Cullinane, Laura Kirby, Shatha Abuhammad, Emily J Lelliott, Kelly Waldeck, Richard J Young, Natalie Brajanovski, Donald P Cameron, Rachael Walker, Elaine Sanij, Gretchen Poortinga, Ross D Hannan, Richard B Pearson, Rodney J Hicks, Grant A McArthur, Karen E Sheppard

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANCER | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Increased CDK4 activity occurs in the majority of melanomas and CDK4/6 inhibitors in combination with BRAF and MEK inhibitors are currently in clinical trials for the treatment of melanoma. We hypothesize that the timing of the addition of CDK4/6 inhibitors to the current BRAF and MEK inhibitor regime will impact on the efficacy of this triplet drug combination. The efficacy of BRAF, MEK and CDK4/6 inhibitors as single agents and in combination was assessed in human BRAF mutant cell lines that were treatment naïve, BRAF inhibitor tolerant or had acquired resistance to BRAF inhibitors. Xenograft studies were then performed to test the in vivo efficacy of the BRAF and CDK4/6 inhibitor combinat..

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