GlycoMimetics Announces Publication of Nature Cell Biology Paper Supporting Recently Announced Clinical Trial of GMI-1359
Data shows that E-selectin is key to tumor growth and metastasis to bone and provides further support for upcoming clinical trial in patients with metastatic breast cancer
Specifically, Esposito et. al. identify an E-selectin ligand expressed on tumor cells that is necessary for inducing mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) and that drives metastatic progression within the bone marrow microenvironment. Of note, in preclinical animal models of human breast cancer, inhibition of E-selectin with GlycoMimetics’ compound uproleselan (GMI-1271) prevented bone metastases progression and significantly attenuated bone metastases-associated bone degradation, resulting in a significant survival advantage in treated tumor-bearing mice. Previously published work also demonstrates a complimentary role for CXCR4. Together these observations support the testing of GMI-1359, GlycoMimetics’ dual-function antagonist, which targets both mechanisms.
“The scientific rationale for potential uses of GMI-1359 in oncology
indications continues to build,” said
GMI-1359 is designed to simultaneously inhibit both E-selectin and CXCR4. E-selectin and CXCR4 are both adhesion molecules involved in tumor trafficking and metastatic spread. Preclinical studies indicate that targeting both E-selectin and CXCR4 with a single compound could improve efficacy in the treatment of cancers that involve the bone marrow such as AML and multiple myeloma or in solid tumors that metastasize to the bone, such as prostate cancer and breast cancer. GMI-1359 has completed a Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers.
GlycoMimetics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the
discovery and development of novel glycomimetic drugs to address unmet
medical needs resulting from diseases in which carbohydrate biology
plays a key role.
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