Differential responses to taxanes and PARP inhibitors in ATM- versus BRCA2-mutated metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer

Christopher T. Su, Emily Nizialek, Jacob E. Berchuck, Panagiotis J. Vlachostergios, Ryan Ashkar, Alexandra Sokolova, Pedro C. Barata, Rahul R. Aggarwal, Rana R. McKay, Neeraj Agarwal, Heather M. McClure, Nellie Nafissi, Alan H. Bryce, Oliver Sartor, Nicolas Sayegh, Heather H. Cheng, Nabil Adra, Cora N. Sternberg, Mary Ellen Taplin, Marcin CieslikAjjai S. Alva, Emmanuel S. Antonarakis

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Background: PARP (poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase) inhibitors (PARPi) are now standard of care in metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients with select mutations in DNA damage repair (DDR) pathways, but patients with ATM- and BRCA2 mutations may respond differently to PARPi. We hypothesized that differences may also exist in response to taxanes, which may inform treatment sequencing decisions. Methods: mCRPC patients (N = 158) with deleterious ATM or BRCA2 mutations who received taxanes, PARPi, or both were retrospectively identified from 11 US academic centers. Demographic, treatment, and survival data were collected. Kaplan−Meier analyses were performed and Cox hazard ratios (HR) were calculated for progression-free survival (PFS) as well as overall survival (OS), from time of first taxane or PARPi therapy. Results: Fifty-eight patients with ATM mutations and 100 with BRCA2 mutations were identified. Fourty-four (76%) patients with ATM mutations received taxane only or taxane before PARPi, while 14 (24%) received PARPi only or PARPi before taxane. Patients with ATM mutations had longer PFS when taxane was given first versus PARPi given first (HR: 0.74 [95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.37−1.50]; p = 0.40). Similarly, OS was longer in patients with ATM mutations who received taxane first (HR: 0.56 [CI: 0.20−1.54]; p = 0.26). Among patients with BRCA2 mutations, 51 (51%) received taxane first and 49 (49%) received PARPi first. In contrast, patients with BRCA2 mutations had longer PFS when PARPi was given first versus taxane given first (HR: 0.85 [CI: 0.54−1.35]; p = 0.49). Similarly, OS was longer in patients with BRCA2 mutations who received PARPi first (HR: 0.75 [CI: 0.41−1.37]; p = 0.35). Conclusions: Our retrospective data suggest differential response between ATM and BRCA2 mutated prostate cancers in terms of response to PARPi and to taxane chemotherapy. When considering the sequence of PARPi versus taxane chemotherapy for mCRPC with DDR mutations, ATM, and BRCA2 mutation status may be helpful in guiding choice of initial therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 15 2023


  • ATM
  • BRCA2
  • DNA repair
  • mCRPC
  • overall survival
  • progression-free survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology


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