Study

Targeting AXL Kinase Uniquely Sensitizes Therapy-Insensitive Leukemic Stem and Progenitor Cells to Venetoclax Treatment in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Study ID Alternative Stable ID Type
EGAS00001004663 Other

Study Description

The abundance of genetic abnormalities and phenotypic heterogeneities in AML pose significant challenges to developing improved treatments. Here we demonstrated that a key GAS6/AXL axis is highly activated in AML patient cells, particularly in leukemic stem cells. We developed a potent, selective AXL inhibitor that has excellent pharmaceutical properties and efficacy against preclinical patient-derived xenotransplantation models of AML. Importantly, inhibition of AXL sensitized AML stem/progenitor cells to venetoclax treatment, with strong synergistic effects in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistically, single-cell RNA-sequencing and functional validation studies uncovered that AXL inhibition or in combination with venetoclax potentially targets intrinsic metabolic vulnerabilities of AML stem/progenitor cells, which shows a distinct transcriptomic profile and inhibits mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. These findings have direct translational impact on the treatment of AML and other cancers with high AXL activity.

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Dataset ID Description Technology Samples
EGAD00001006537
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NextSeq 500 12

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