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Minerva Medica 2020 Sep 21

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4806.20.07024-X


language: English

Enasidenib and Ivosidenib in AML

Maria Paola MARTELLI 1 , Giovanni MARTINO 1, Valeria CARDINALI 1, Brunangelo FALINI 1, Giovanni MARTINELLI 2, Claudio CERCHIONE 3

1 Section of Hematology and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy; 2 Scientific Directorate, Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Meldola, Forlì-Cesena, Italy; 3 Hematology Unit, Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Meldola, Forlì-Cesena, Italy


The isocitrate dehydrogenases enzymes, IDH1 and IDH2, catalyze the conversion of isocitrate to α-ketoglutarate (αKG) in the cell cytoplasm and mitochondria, respectively, and contribute to generating the dihydronicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) as reductive potential in different cellular processes. Mutations in IDH1 and IDH2 genes are found collectively in about 20-25% of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. Mutant IDH enzymes have neomorphic activity and convert αKG to the oncometabolite R-2-hydroxyglutarate (R-2-HG) which accumulates at high levels in the cell and hampers the function of αKG-dependent enzymes, including epigenetic regulators, thus leading to altered gene expression and block of differentiation and contributing to leukemia development. Inhibition of the neomorphic mutants induces marked decrease in R-2-HG levels and restores myeloid differentiation. Enasidenib and ivosidenib are potent and selective inhibitors of mutant IDH2 and IDH1, respectively, act as differentiating agents and showed clinical activity in relapse/refractory (R/R) AML harboring the specific mutation. As single agents, both drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of R/R AML. The relevance of IDH targeting within either single agent approach or, most importantly, combinatorial treatments in AML will be discussed.

KEY WORDS: Acute myeloid leukemia; AML; Enasidenib; IDH; Isocitrate dehydrogenase; Ivosidenib

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