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Bionovo Announces Publication of the Paper Detailing the Mechanism of Action of Its Cancer Drug BZL101
Date:4/1/2008

BZL101 selectively kills cancer cells but not normal cells

EMERYVILLE, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bionovo Inc. (Nasdaq: BNVI) today announced the publication of a peer-reviewed article in the journal Cancer Biology and Therapy that elucidates the molecular mechanisms underlying selective cytotoxic activity of BZL101, the company's drug for advanced breast cancer.

"BZL101 induces cell death in breast cancer cells but not in normal breast cells," said Emma Shtivelman, Ph.D., Director of Cancer Research at Bionovo. "This selective cell killing is based on strong induction by BZL101 of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in tumor cells. The ROS cause extensive DNA damage in tumor cells but not in normal cells, which then leads to the inhibition of glycolysis selectively in tumor cells. This action is most clearly evident from the decrease in the enzymatic activities within the glycolytic pathway and the inhibition of lactate production. The observed inhibition of glycolysis is a key factor in the energetic collapse and death that occurs selectively in breast cancer cells, 'selectively' because tumor cells rely on glycolysis for energy production."

Separately, Isaac Cohen, O.M.D., Bionovo's Chairman and CEO, stated, "The promising selectivity of BZL101 towards cancer cells is based on metabolic differences between highly glycolytic tumor cells and normal cells. Coupled with promising clinical development, BZL101 has the potential to be an important treatment for women with breast cancer, as well as potentially for other cancers. BZL101 could fill an important unmet medical need in cancer treatment."

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