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Alfacell's ONCONASE(R) Shows Potential as Radiation Sensitizer for Lung Cancer Treatment
Date:4/14/2008

Poster Presented at the 2008 AACR Annual Meeting

SOMERSET, N.J., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alfacell Corporation (Nasdaq: ACEL) today announced that Dr. Intae Lee with the University of Pennsylvania has reported that Alfacell's ONCONASE (ranpirnase) could be a promising radiation sensitizer for lung cancer treatment. Dr. Lee presented the pre-clinical in vivo and in vitro data in a poster at the 2008 American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting being held April 12 - 16 in San Diego.

In the poster titled "The inhibition of radiation repair by ranpirnase +/- I-buthionine sulfoximide on lung cancer," Dr. Lee provided pre-clinical evidence that ONCONASE +/- I-buthionine sulfoximide significantly increased the radiation-induced growth delay of lung tumors in vivo without increases in skin reaction, compared to radiation alone. Additionally, in vivo and in vitro data presented indicated that ONCONASE significantly increased apoptosis (programmed cell death) in several human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines (A549, NCI-H1975 and HOP-62). Dr. Lee and his team of researchers also showed that the radiation repair mechanisms known as sub-lethal damage repair (SLDR) and potentially lethal damage repair (PLDR), which lead to radiation resistance in tumors, were significantly inhibited by ONCONASE in vitro.

"Our research suggests potential utility of ONCONASE as a radiotherapy enhancer for the treatment of NSCLC patients," said Dr. Lee. "It is important to overcome PLDR as it can ultimately lead to radiation resistance. One of our key findings is the inhibiting impact of ONCONASE on the PLDR mechanism, which is a pre-requisite to developing a radiotherapy enhancer."

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