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Substitution of Pixantrone for Doxorubicin in CHOP Chemotherapy Regimen Produces High Rates of Complete Remissions and Long-Term Disease Free Survival in Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Aggressive NHL Who Previously Failed Frontline CHOP Therapy
Date:4/3/2011

y the European Medicines Agency (the "EMA") based on the pixantrone (PIX 301) phase III study results.  

For more information on the PIX-R trial, investigators and patients can visit www.pixrtrial.com, and www.clinicaltrials.gov.

About Pixantrone

Pixantrone is a novel aza-anthracenedione that has distinct structural and physio-chemical properties that make its anti-tumor activity unique in this class of agents. Similar to anthracyclines, pixantrone inhibits Topo-isomerase II but unlike anthracyclines--rather than intercalation with DNA--pixantrone alkylates DNA--forming stable DNA adducts, with particular specificity for CpG rich, hyper-methylated sites. These structural differences resulted in significantly enhanced anti-lymphoma activity compared to doxorubicin in preclinical models. In addition, the structural motifs on anthracycline-like agents that are responsible for the generation of oxygen free radicals and the formation of toxic drug-metal complexes have also been modified in pixantrone to prevent the binding of iron and perpetuation of superoxide production--both of which are the putative mechanism for anthracycline induced acute cardiotoxicity. These novel pharmacologic differences may allow re-introduction of anthracycline like potency in the treatment of relapsed/refractory aggressive lymphoma without unacceptable rates of cardiotoxicity.

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