Æ-941 (Neovastat®): A novel multifunctional antiangiogenic compound

Laboratiore de médicine moléculaire Hôpital Ste-Justine-UQAM, Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, Centre de Recherche de l'Hôpital Ste-Justine, 3175, Chemin Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montréal, Québec H3T 1C5, Canada.
Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy (Impact Factor: 3.46). 11/2001; 1(3):341-7. DOI: 10.1586/14737140.1.3.341
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AE-941 (Neovastat) is a naturally occurring product extracted from cartilage and has antiangiogenic properties. It has reached Phase III clinical trial evaluation for the treatment of solid tumors (non-small cell lung cancer and renal cell carcinoma) and a pivotal Phase II clinical trial in multiple myeloma is ongoing. AE-941 inhibits several steps of the angiogenesis process, including matrix metalloproteinase activities and VEGF signaling pathways. Moreover, AE-941 induces endothelial cell apoptosis and tissue-type plasminogen activator activity, thus suggesting that it is a multifunctional antiangiogenic drug. Results from Phase I/II clinical trials indicate that AE-941, given orally, is well tolerated. Moreover, the median survival time in patients with renal cell carcinoma and non-small cell lung cancer was significantly longer in patients receiving high doses of AE-941 compared to low doses.

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