Pharmacologic inhibition of PI3K p110d in mutant Shp2E76Kexpressing mice

Lisa Deng, Elizabeth L. Virts, Reuben Kapur, Rebecca J. Chan

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Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia is a childhood malignancy that lacks effective chemotherapies and thus has poor patient outcomes. PI3K p110d has been found to promote hyperproliferation of cells expressing mutant Shp2. In this study, we tested the efficacy of a PI3Kδ inhibitor in mice expressing the Shp2 gain-of-function mutation, E76K. We found that in vivo treatment of mice led to significantly decreased splenomegaly, reduced frequency of bone marrow progenitor cells, and increased terminally differentiated peripheral blood myeloid cells. The survival of drug-treated mice was significantly prolonged compared to vehicle-treated controls, although mice from both groups ultimately succumbed to a similar myeloid cell expansion. PI3Kδ inhibitors are currently used to treat patients with relapsed lymphoid malignancies, such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The current findings provide evidence for using PI3Kδ inhibitors as a treatment strategy for JMML and potentially other myeloid diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84776-84781
Number of pages6
Issue number49
StatePublished - Oct 17 2017


  • In vivo
  • JMML
  • Mouse model
  • PI3K p110d
  • Shp2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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