Cell line models of the activated B cell-like (ABC) subtype of diffuse large B cell (DLBCL) depend on both NF-κB and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathways for survival, especially those with gain-of-function B cell receptor (BCR) mutations. Here we show that these cells depend specifically on the PI3Kδ isoform, but that PI3K pathway interruption by PI3Kδ inhibitors is short-lived due to feedback activation of the PI3Kα isoform. PI3Kδ and PI3Kα inhibition cooperated in killing ABC DLBCL lines, and genetic knockdown of PI3Kα sensitized cells to PI3Kδ inhibition and prolonged the interruption of PI3K signaling. PI3Kδ inhibition evoked feedback activation of proximal BCR signaling, which increased the association of PI3Kα with BCAP and CD19 and increased overall PI3K activity. These results support the clinical evaluation of dual PI3Kδ and PI3Kα inhibition in patients with ABC DLBCL.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by the Intramural
- ABC DLBCL