ABBOTT PARK, Ill., April 13, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For decades, scientists have looked for new therapies that target cancer. Researchers now know that cancer cells have several unique characteristics -- they require new blood vessels to deliver oxygen and nutrients (angiogenesis), they grow uncontrollably (proliferation), they travel throughout the body (metastasis), and they escape programmed cell death, a natural process by which the body rids itself of damaged or unwanted cells (apoptosis). Robust preclinical data shows that several compounds in Abbott's oncology pipeline interfere with these vital processes. Data on two of these compounds will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting being held April 14-18 in Los Angeles.
During the meeting, scientists from independent academic institutions and Abbott will present data on Abbott's Bcl-2 family protein inhibitor (ABT-263). This compound, currently in early clinical development, corrects defects in cancer cells that allow them to escape programmed cell death. They will also present data on an investigational PARP inhibitor (ABT-888) that enhances the effectiveness of common cancer therapies that damage DNA in cancer cells.
Presentation highlights include: ABT-263 -- "ABT-263: An orally bioavailable Bcl-2 family protein inhibitor" [Oral presentation, Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m., Hall A] -- "Pediatric preclinical testing program (PPTP) evaluation of the Bcl-2 inhibitor ABT-263" [Oral presentation, Tuesday, April 17, 3:55 p.m., Room 404 A-B] ABT-888 -- "The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, ABT-888 potentiates the antitumor activity of temozolomide in the B16F10 syngeneic melanoma model: Correlation with pharmacokinetic levels and a
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