Overcoming resistance in chronic myelogenous leukemia

Susannah Cooper, Francis J. Giles, Michael R. Savona

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

11 Scopus citations


Chronic myeloid leukemia is defined by the acquired genetic mutation, t(9;22), which leads to the fusion-protein BCR-ABL. Prior to the development of imatinib mesylate (Gleevec), treatment was limited and provided only limited survival benefit. Imatinib has dramatically changed the course of the disease and has led to the significantly prolonged survival in the majority of patients. However, there is growing concern for resistance to imatinib and to subsequent second generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (dasatinib and nilotinib) due to the T315I mutation. With no currently approved effective treatment for TKI-resistant CML with the T315I mutation, molecularly-based, targeted drug development has focused on several strategies to overcome resistance. In this review, we describe agents which overcome the T315I mutation, as well as native BCR-ABL, via several mechanisms, including increased degradation of BCR-ABL, optimization of direct inhibition of the BCR-ABL kinase, inhibition of BCR-ABL-mediated cell growth via interruption of the BCR-ABL-mediated transcription, protein synthesis or post-translational modification, all of which lead to decreased proliferation and malignant cell death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1785-1793
Number of pages9
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009


  • Chemotherapeutic approaches
  • Leukemic progenitor cells
  • Myeloid leukemias and dysplasias
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Signaling therapies
  • Stem and primitive progenitor cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Overcoming resistance in chronic myelogenous leukemia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this