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Pharmion and MethylGene Present Favorable Clinical Data From Combination MGCD0103/Vidaza(R) Study in Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia at The 49th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Meeting
Date:12/10/2007

histone deacetylation are the two most studied epigenetic regulators of gene expression. Vidaza reverses the effects of DNA hypermethylation with subsequent tumor suppressor gene re-expression. MGCD0103 exerts its epigenetic effects by acting as an oral isotype-selective HDAC inhibitor. Together, the two act synergistically to induce suppressor gene re-expression and favorably influence the clinical course of cancer. Pharmion strongly believes that by targeting two separate epigenetic pathways simultaneously, the combination of drugs targeting DNA methylation and histone deacetylation can either increase the susceptibility of cancer cells to standard chemotherapy or act as a potent therapeutic regimen in its own right.

About Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)

Myelodysplastic syndromes are a serious and life-threatening group of diseases in which the bone marrow does not function normally, resulting in the production of malformed or immature blood cells. The disease begins when a defect occurs in the genetic material (chromosomes) of one of the stem cells in the bone marrow. That stem cell in turn produces cells that carry the defect. The defective cells eventually predominate in the bone marrow and overwhelm healthy blood cells. These defective cells are less able to produce functioning blood cells, which results in low blood cell counts (cytopenias) in the bloodstream.

Without enough healthy blood cells - red, white and platelets - people with MDS are at risk for a variety of symptoms and complications including anemia, weakness, fatigue, infection and bleeding. Bone marrow failure results in death from bleeding and infection in the majority of patients, while transformation from MDS to acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) occurs in up to 40 percent of patients. The highest incidence of MDS is in patients over 60 years of age.

According to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, approximately 1
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