Saturday, May 12, 2012

Combination of Two Drugs Reverses Liver Tumors.....

The combination of two inhibitors of protein mTOR stops the growth of primary liver cancer and destroys tumour cells, according to a study by researchers of the Group of Metabolism and Cancer at Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL).  

The study led by IDIBELL researchers compared the effects in mice of two inhibitors of mTOR. The first was a derivative of rapamycin, called everolimus (RAD001 - see structure below left),
which is already used as an immunosuppressant and to treat specific cancers. The second is a new generation drug that inhibits mTOR called BEZ235 (see right side structure). 


During the study, researchers found unexpectedly that the combination of the two drugs had a more potent effect than any of the two drugs separately. Coadministration of BEZ235 and RAD001 limits the development of tumour and causes the self-destruction of tumour cells.

Based on these results a clinical trial, funded by Novartis, has started in the United States to evaluate the efficacy of the combination of these two inhibitors of mTOR in humans. The study coordinator, Sara Kozma, noted that

"because rapamycin and its derivatives are already approved for the treatment of other diseases, their combination to BEZ235, would be a rapid strategy to test the efficacy of this drug and fast track its approval for clinical use."

Ref :1. http://www.idibell.cat/modul/news/en/362/combination-of-two-drugs-reverses-liver-tumours
2.http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/early/2012/04/27/scitranslmed.3003923

1 comment:

Karolina said...

Oh, there's ability for non-operative cancer treatment? They need to develop the use of this inhibitors!

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