Ibrutinib treatment affects collagen and von Willebrand factor-dependent platelet functions

Blood. 2014 Dec 18;124(26):3991-5. doi: 10.1182/blood-2014-06-583294. Epub 2014 Oct 10.


The oral Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor, ibrutinib, has recently demonstrated high efficiency in patients with relapsed B-cell malignancies. Occurrence of bleeding events has been reported in a subgroup of ibrutinib-treated patients. We demonstrate that ibrutinib selectively inhibits platelet signaling and functions downstream of the collagen receptor glycoprotein VI and strongly affects firm platelet adhesion on von Willebrand factor (VWF) under arterial flow. A longitudinal study of 14 patients indicated a correlation between occurrence of bleeding events and decreased platelet aggregation in response to collagen in platelet-rich plasma and firm adhesion on VWF under arterial flow. The addition of 50% untreated platelets was sufficient to efficiently reverse the effects of ibrutinib, and platelet functions recovered after treatment interruption as physiological platelet renewal occurred. These data have important clinical implications and provide a basis for hemostasis management during ibrutinib treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenine / analogs & derivatives
  • Blood Platelets / cytology*
  • Blood Platelets / drug effects
  • Collagen / chemistry*
  • Dimethyl Sulfoxide / chemistry
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / chemistry
  • Hemostasis
  • Heparin / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Phospholipase C gamma / chemistry
  • Phosphorylation
  • Piperidines
  • Platelet Activation
  • Platelet Adhesiveness
  • Pyrazoles / chemistry*
  • Pyrimidines / chemistry*
  • Shear Strength
  • von Willebrand Factor / chemistry*


  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Piperidines
  • Pyrazoles
  • Pyrimidines
  • von Willebrand Factor
  • ibrutinib
  • Heparin
  • Collagen
  • Phospholipase C gamma
  • Adenine
  • Dimethyl Sulfoxide