BLOOMFIELD, N.J., March 26, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alfacell Corporation today announced that in vivo study results demonstrating the potential of ONCONASE (ranpirnase) for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were recently published in Anticancer Research (2007; 27: 299- 308).
Based on the work of Intae Lee, Ph.D., at the University of Pennsylvania, a paper entitled "Antitumor Efficacy of the Cytotoxic RNase, Ranpirnase, on A549 Human Lung Cancer Xenografts of Nude Mice" shows that:
* ONCONASE significantly inhibited tumor growth of A549 NSCLC cells both in vitro and in vivo; apoptosis was significantly induced by ONCONASE in a dose-dependent manner * Multiple small doses of ONCONASE were more effective than one large single dose of ONCONASE for the inhibition of tumor growth in animal studies * ONCONASE in combination with cisplatin significantly reduced tumor growth of A549 cells; in large tumors, including those unsuccessfully treated with cisplatin previously, ONCONASE demonstrated inhibition of tumor growth
"ONCONASE has important potential clinical uses for the treatment of NSCLC," said Dr. Lee. "We are pleased that the results of our studies have helped to guide the clinical development of ONCONASE for NSCLC."
Kuslima Shogen, Alfacell's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "The publication of this paper in an important peer-reviewed journal is further recognition of the potential of ONCONASE. This data is evidence that ONCONASE has the potential to overcome resistance to, and enhance the performance of, cisplatin. We expect to continue advancing ONCONASE through the development process as we work to build a broad franchise in different therapeutic areas and via multiple treatment modalities."
ONCONASE is a first-in-class therapeutic based on Alf acell's proprietary ribonuclease (RNase) technology. A natural protein isolated from the leopard frog, ONCONASE has been shown in the laboratory and clinic to target cancer cells while sparing normal cells. ONCONASE triggers apoptosis, the natural death of cells, via multiple molecular mechanisms of action.
About Alfacell Corporation
Alfacell Corporation is the first company to advance a biopharmaceutical product candidate that works in a manner similar to RNA interference (RNAi) through late-stage clinical trials. The product candidate, ONCONASE, is an RNase that overcomes the challenges of targeting RNA for therapeutic purposes while enabling the development of a new class of targeted therapies for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In addition to an ongoing Phase IIIb study in malignant mesothelioma, Alfacell is conducting a Phase I/II trial of ONCONASE in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and other solid tumors. For more information, visit www.alfacell.com.
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