Navigation Links
New Engineered Drug Shows Promise in Treating Lymphocytic Leukaemia

A recent research has found that a new type of engineered drug may have the potential to treat chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

The study by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center was published online in the journal Blood.

The research has established that an engineered drug candidate is promising in treating lymphocytic leukemia in both test tube and early animal tests.

The agent represents a new class of agents called small modular immunopharmaceuticals. This agent, which is called CD37-SMIP, targets a protein called CD37 on the surface of these leukemia cells.

The study shows that the agent can successfully attach to the protein on the leukemia cells and destroy them. It works both by activating the cells' self-destruction and by causing a particular class of immune cells to attack them.

In an animal model, the agent worked uniformly over and above the drug rituximab, now routinely used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients. Rituximab targets a different protein on leukemia cells.

"Our findings have significant implications for the treatment of CLL and related malignancies," says principal investigator John C. Byrd, director of the hematologic malignancies program at Ohio State 's James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Overall, Byrd says, "the findings point out that this could be an effective agent for treating CLL and other malignancies, such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia when they have expression of the CD37 protein."

The laboratory portion of the study used CLL cells from patients, laboratory-grown non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cells and acute lymphocytic leukemia cells.

This research showed that the agent kills leukemia cells directly by triggering their self-destruction through the process of apoptosis.

The study also found that thi s self-destruction happens differently from how other drugs cause apoptosis. Most drugs cause cells to self-destruct by triggering a cell mechanism that requires enzymes called caspases. This new agent, however, works through a mechanism that does not call for caspases.

"This is exciting because it means that this agent may benefit patients who are resistant to other CLL drugs," says co-author Natarajan Muthusamy, a research scientist with Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center. "It also suggests that it might work well in combination with other drugs, as well as alone."

The findings also show that after the agent joins with the cancer cells, it attracts immune cells called natural killer cells, which also devastate the leukemia cells.


Related medicine news :

1. Regulators Object Drug Produced from Genetically Engineered Farm Animals
2. Engineered Tissue Implants benefited Knee Injured patients
3. Indian American have Genetically Engineered Edible Cottonseed
4. USDA Gives Go-Ahead to Market Controversial Genetically Engineered Rice, LL601
5. Xylitol To Be Produced By Genetically Engineered E. Coli
6. Genetic-Engineered Cows Resist Mad Cow Disease
7. Researchers Explore the Effect of Engineered Immune Cells on HIV
8. Tissue Engineered Scaffolding Allows Reproduction of Cartilage Tissue
9. Experimental treatment for Ebola Virus Shows promising results in mice
10. New Prostate Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise
11. Ebola Treatment Shows Promise
Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/13/2015)... , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ProText Kinetic Panel ... . With ProText Kinetic Panel, users can create energetic text animations in any layout ... into the Final Cut Pro X timeline and stylize the text. With intuitive on-screen ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... of IBM software products, introduced a new company, RightSensor™ LLC, an Internet of ... communications capability. RightSensor™ provides a fully-managed approach for customers requiring sensor hardware ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... published by Medical New Today on September 18, 2015. The research, which was conducted ... by Dr. Wael Sabbah and colleagues, show connections between stress during pregnancy and future ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... A child ... that’s why SmileCareClub , the leading remote invisible aligner system, has joined with ... would otherwise go without it. For each aligner treatment plan purchased, SmileCareClub will donate ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 ... ... management and workflow solutions, announced today their Title Sponsorship of Synergy 2015. The ... in Henderson, NV at Green Valley Ranch and will unite customers, partners, WennSoft ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... DUBLIN , Oct. 13 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the "US ... - 16 Countries (2010-2021)" report to ... has announced the addition of the ... Repair - 16 Countries (2010-2021)" report ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... LAUDERDALE, Fla. , Oct. 13, 2015   ... developer of solutions that aid in the early detection ... has awarded Vigilant,s founder and CEO, Matthew ... the Year Award, which recognizes an entrepreneur who has ... Florida,s life sciences industry in the leadership ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... 13, 2015   Happy Vitals ®, ... home testing kit for breast milk.  The ... an unparalleled, detailed assessment of the nutrition ... carbs and key vitamins—all charted over time ... health tracking.  In addition, Happy Vitals also offers ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: