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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 139-140

Authors' reply to Jayakar and Bagal et al.

Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital; Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission22-Jan-2020
Date of Acceptance22-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication24-Feb-2020

Correspondence Address:
Hasmukh Jain
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra; Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_36_20

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Jain H, Jobanputra K, Thorat J. Authors' reply to Jayakar and Bagal et al. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2020;3:139-40

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Jain H, Jobanputra K, Thorat J. Authors' reply to Jayakar and Bagal et al. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 3];3:139-40. Available from: http://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2020/3/1/139/279111

We agree with Jayakar's comment that a chemotherapy-free regimen of blinatumomab and tyrosine kinase inhibitors appears to be promising as a bridge therapy or as an alternative to allogeneic stem-cell transplant in Ph + ALL.[1] It would be exciting to see the results of the ongoing Phase II trial of the combination of ponatinib and blinatumomab in the above cohort.[2]

Bagal and Munot have rightly pointed out the overlap between the side effects of ponatinib and nilotinib.[3] However, the mechanisms behind the cardiovascular effects of these two drugs differ marginally. According to a study in mice, ponatinib predisposed to a prothrombotic state by altering the genetic expression of procoagulant and fibrinolytic proteins, while nilotinib increased the Factor VIIa activity with less effects on gene expression. In addition, nilotinib was found to increase ex vivo platelet adhesion and thrombin generation in humans; on the contrary, ponatinib showed opposite effects on ex vivo human platelet aggregation and activation.[4]

The combination of ponatinib and asciminib has been shown to reduce tumor growth and modestly improve survival in mice injected with a T315I-inclusive mutant. The combination was well tolerated at the physiologically achievable doses, offering the prospect of using a nontoxic lower dose of ponatinib with asciminib.[5],[6]

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