Repotrectinib (TPX-0005) Is a Next-Generation ROS1/TRK/ALK Inhibitor That Potently Inhibits ROS1/TRK/ALK Solvent- Front Mutations

Cancer Discov. 2018 Oct;8(10):1227-1236. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-18-0484. Epub 2018 Aug 9.


The use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) with activity against ALK, ROS1, or TRKA-C can result in significant clinical benefit in patients with diverse tumors harboring ALK, ROS1, or NTRK1-3 rearrangements; however, resistance invariably develops. The emergence of on-target kinase domain mutations represents a major mechanism of acquired resistance. Solvent-front substitutions such as ALKG1202R, ROS1G2032R or ROS1D2033N, TRKAG595R, and TRKCG623R are among the most recalcitrant of these mechanisms. Repotrectinib (TPX-0005) is a rationally designed, low-molecular-weight, macrocyclic TKI that is selective and highly potent against ROS1, TRKA-C, and ALK. Importantly, repotrectinib exhibits activity against a variety of solvent-front substitutions in vitro and in vivo As clinical proof of concept, in an ongoing first-in-human phase I/II trial, repotrectinib achieved confirmed responses in patients with ROS1 or NTRK3 fusion-positive cancers who had relapsed on earlier-generation TKIs due to ROS1 or TRKC solvent-front substitution-mediated resistance.Significance: Repotrectinib (TPX-0005), a next-generation ROS1, pan-TRK, and ALK TKI, overcomes resistance due to acquired solvent-front mutations involving ROS1, NTRK1-3, and ALK Repotrectinib may represent an effective therapeutic option for patients with ROS1-, NTRK1-3-, or ALK-rearranged malignancies who have progressed on earlier-generation TKIs. Cancer Discov; 8(10); 1227-36. ©2018 AACR. This article is highlighted in the In This Issue feature, p. 1195.

Trial registration: NCT03093116.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mutation
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors*


  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • ROS1 protein, human

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