Ibrutinib in chronic lymphocytic leukemia and B cell malignancies

Leuk Lymphoma. 2014 Feb;55(2):263-9. doi: 10.3109/10428194.2013.803226. Epub 2013 Jun 24.


Recent clinical data suggest remarkable activity of ibrutinib, the first-in-class covalent inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), as well as excellent activity in other B cell malignancies, including in particular mantle cell lymphoma and Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia. This review evaluates the data from ongoing clinical and correlative studies of ibrutinib in B cell malignancies with a particular focus on CLL, and considers these data in the context of other B cell receptor pathway inhibitors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Agammaglobulinaemia Tyrosine Kinase
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell / drug therapy*
  • Lymphoma, Mantle-Cell / drug therapy*
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism
  • Pyrazoles / therapeutic use*
  • Pyrimidines / therapeutic use*
  • Receptors, Antigen, B-Cell / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction / drug effects
  • Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia / drug therapy*


  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Pyrazoles
  • Pyrimidines
  • Receptors, Antigen, B-Cell
  • ibrutinib
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Agammaglobulinaemia Tyrosine Kinase
  • BTK protein, human